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— of the — 
TWENTY-FIRST ANNUAL SESSION 

— of the — 

Coopers Grove 

Primitive Baptist Association 

Held with 

MT. HOPE CHURCH 

High Rock, Orange County, North Carolina, 
August 14, 15, and 16, 

1954 



Next Session convenes with Moore's Grove Church, to be 

held at Living Hope Church, beginning Saturday before 

the third Sunday in August, 1955. 



— OFFICERS- 
ELDER CECIL ALSTON Moderator 

Rt. 2, Burlington, N. C. Phone 2668 

ELDER W. B. ENOCH Clerk 

Rt. 2, Burlington, N. C. Phone 2753 



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Proceedings 



OF THE TWENTY-FIRST ANNUAL SESSION OF THE COOPER'S 

GROVE PRIMITIVE BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, CONVENED WITH 

MT. HOPE CHURCH, AND HELD AT HIGH ROCK, IN ORANGE 

COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA, AUGUST 14, 15, & 16, 1954 

With Elder Cecil Alston presiding. 

Service was called to order by singing hymn 5. Prayer by Elder H. E. 
Smith. Elder Alston then arose according to the report of the Com- 
mittees of the 1953 session, sang hymn 490 and preached the Intro- 
ductory sermon from St. John 1 :6. Elder W. B. Enoch, alternate, text, 
Eph. 2:8. Hymn 383 was sung for closing. Intermission for one hour. 
Benediction by Elder C. L. Alston. 

AFTERNOON SESSION. 

The brethren re-assembled and sang hymn 82, prayer by Elder J. D. 
Stewart. The Moderator then announced the house in order for business. 
First in order was the choosing of the moderator and clerk. Motioned 
and agreed that Elder Cecil Alston be Moderator. Motioned and agreed 
that Elder W. B. Enoch be Assistant Moderator. Motioned and agreed 
that Elder W. B. Enoch be Association Clerk. Motioned and agreed 
that Brother Ervin Moore be Assistant Clerk. Motioned and agreed that 
the roll of churches be called. 

Mt. Hope: Reported in love and peace. 

Pilgrim Rest: Love and peace. 

Living Hope: Love and peace. 

Antioch: Door left opened. 

Moore's Grove: Reported in love and peace. 

Wright's Grove: Reported in love and peace. 

Motioned and agreed to receive the reports of the churches. Motioned 
and agreed corresponding messengers be invited to form a part and feel 
welcome. 

Motioned and agreed that the Ptules of Decorum be read, the same 
was received. 

Motioned and agreed to call for corresponding delegates. 

Bethlehem: Elder J. H. Winston reported in love and peace; Next 
session to be held at Few in Number Church, seven miles from Tarboro, 
N. C. 

Union Line: Brother Frank Gear reported in love and peace. Next 
session to be held with Low Level Church, one mile from Fountain, N. C. 

Radicue: Elder G. W. Thorpe reported in love and peace. Next ses- 
sion at Mt. Zion Church, Tarboro, N. C. 

The following elders were sent to the stand to preach for the people: 
Brother Frank Gear, Elder J. J. Adams, Elder Jessie Tucker, and 
Brother Richard Graves was sent to record the text. Elder J. J. Adams 
conducted the services. 

Little River: Elder J. D. Stewart reported in love and peace. Next 
session at Union Hill Church, seven miles east of Raleigh, N. C. 

Contentnea: Brother Earl Holt reported in love and peace. Next 
session at Bellamy Grove Church, Sharpsburg, N. C. 

Sandy Ridge: Elder R. H. Martin reported in love and peace. Next 
session at Jefferson Street Church, Roanoke, Va. 

Chestnut Knob: Elder Frank Penn reported in love and peace. Next 



session at Piney Grove Church, Rocky Mt., Virginia. 

Roanoke: Elder J. B. McLaughlin reported in love and peace. Next 
session at Blue Creek Church near Danville, Va. 

Corresponding: Elder Charlie Powell reported in love and peace. 
Next session at Enes Church, Bethel, N. C. 

Loving: Elder Amos H. Humphrey reported in love and peace. Next 
session at Kartsville Chapel Church, Jacksonville, N. C. 

Piedmont: Elder T. E. Claytor reported in love and peace. Next 
session at Balcony Church, seven miles of Rocky Mt., Virginia. 

Long Branch: Elder J. H. Dickens reported in love and peace. Next 
session at Logsboro Church, four and one half miles from Tarboro, N. C. 

Mt. Zion: Elder T. E. Claytor reported in love and peace. 

Motioned and agreed to open doors for new associations. Elder H. E. 
Smith from the Mt. Pleasant Association was taken up in correspon- 
dence by the Moderator extending to him the right hand of full fellow- 
ship. Next session at Bethel Church, Statesboro, Ga. 

Motioned and agreed to appoint the Committee on Finance: Brethren 
Arthur Hightower, C. Lynch, Odie Blackwell, George Lea, and Robert 
Harden. 

Motioned and agreed to appoint the Committee on Arrangements: 
Brethren George Harden, Clarence Compton, and Elder Cecil Alston. 

Motioned and agreed that the conference adjourn until Monday at 
10:00 a. m. The conference was closed by the singing of hymn 506. 
Benediction by Elder C. L. Alston. 

SATURDAY EVENING AT THE STAND. 

Service was called to order by singing hymn 533. Elder Jessie Tucker 
offered prayer. Brother Frank Gear sang hymn 73, and peached, no 
special text. Elder Jessie Tucker sang hymn 3, text, Matt. 1:6. Elder 
J. J. Adams sang hymn 492, text, Isaiah 5:3. Elder J. H. Dickens sang 
hymn 73 and preached. Hymn 270 was sung for closing. Benediction 
by Elder H. E. Smith. 

SATURDAY NIGHT SERVICE. 

Service was called to order by singing hymn 507. Prayer was offered 
by Elder James Barret. Elder P. S. Hairston, text, St. John 19. Elder 
R. H. Martin preached, no special text. Elder T. E. Claytor sang 
hymn 288, text, Matt. 25:10. Elder Frank Penn sang hymn and preached 
no special text. Elder Earl Holt, no special text. Hymn 345 was sung 
for closing. Benediction by Elder James Barret. 

SUNDAY MORNING. 

Service was called to order by singing hymn 288. Prayer was offered 
by Elder R. H. Martin. ElderJ. B. McLaughlin sang hymn 415, text 
John 17. Elder G. W. Thorpe sang hymn 689, text, Psalms 11:17. Elder 
J. H. Winstead sang hymn 153, text, "Never man spake like this 
man spoke." Elder J. D. Stewart, text, John 1:3. Elder J. H. Dickens, 
text, John 15. Elder Charlie Powell sang hymn 379, text, Psalms 105:9. 
Closing hymn, 73. Benediction by Elder W. M. Weaver. 

SUNDAY AFTERNOON. 

Service was called to order by singing hymn 353. Prayer was offered 
by Elder T. E. Claytor. Elder Amos H. Humphrey sang hymn 3. text 
Luke 15. Elder H. E. Smith sang hvmn 145, text," Psalms 34:1. Elder 

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Robert Revis preached, no special text. Elder James Barret sang hymn 
616 and preached, no special text. Sang for closing hymn, 695. Bene- 
diction by Elder H. E. Smith. 

SUNDAY NIGHT. 

Service was called to order by singing hymn 288. Prayer was offered 
by Elder W. B. Enoch. Brother Irvin Moore preached, text, Psalms 
127. Elder J. J. Adams sang hymn 161, text, Gen. 1:1. Elder H. E. 
Smith sang hymn 411, text, Isa. 33:20. Hymn 18 was sung for closing. 
Benediction by Elder J. J. Adams. 

MONDAY MORNING, CONFERENCE. 

The brethren re-assembled Monday morning according to adjourn- 
ment. Service was called to order by Elder C. L. Alston, the Moderator, 
singing hymn 345. Prayer was offered by Elder C. L. Alston. The 
Moderator then announced the house in order for business. 
Called for peace of the conference. All in love and peace. 

Motioned and agreed to invite corresponding elders and brethren to 
seats with us, and to feel welcome. 

Motioned and agreed to call roll of churches. All present. 

Motioned and agreed to hear reports of section meeting. Report was 
made by Elder W. B. Enoch and Elder Cecil Alston, the same was re- 
ceived. 

Motioned and agreed to hear reports of the second section. Report 
was made by Elder W. B. Enoch and Elder Cecil Alston, the same was 
received. 

Motioned and agreed to hear the reading of the Circular Letter, the 
same was received. 

Motioned and agreed to hear Saturday's proceedings; the same was 
received. 

Motioned and agreed that the next session of the Cooper's Grove 
Association convene with Moore's Grove Church and be held at Living 
Hope Church in Alamance County on Highway No. 62, twelve miles 
north of Burlington, beginning Saturday before the third Sunday in 
August, 1955. 

Motioned and agreed that Elder Cecil Alston preach the Introductory 
Sermon. Motioned and agreed that Elder W. B. Enoch be his alternate. 

Motioned and agreed that the first section meeting convene with 
Living Hope Church, the second Saturday and Sunday in April, 1955. 

Motioned and agreed that it be conducted by Elder W. C. Dancey and 
Brother Irvin Moore. 

Motioned and agreed that the second section convene with Pilgrim 
Rest Church the third Saturday and Sunday in April, 1955, conducted by 
Elder W. C. Dancey and Brother Moore. 

Motioned and agreed that Brother Robert Harden write the Circular 
Letter in 1955. 

Motioned and agreed that the Finance Committee make their report. 
Reported as follows: 

ML Hope $ 31.00 

Pilgrim Rest 50.00 

Living Hope 6.00 

Wright's Grove 3.00 

Moore's Grove 15.00 

Antioch 0.00 

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Churches $105.00 

Public 156.28 

Total $261.28 

Paid out 192.00 

Balance $ 69.28 

Motioned and agreed that the Committee on Arrangements make their 
report. According to the committee's report, the Moderator appointed 
Elder J. J. Adams and Elder H .E. Smith to preach for the people 
Monday morning at the stand. 

Motioned and agreed that we appoint messengers to the different 
associations with whom we correspond. 

Bethlehem — Elder C. L. Alston, 1954. 
Union Line — Brother Irvin Moore, 1954. 
Radicue — Elder W. C. Dancey, 1954. 
Loving — Elder C. L. Alston, 1954. 
Little River — Brother Irvin Moore, 1954. 
Corresponding — Elder W. B. Enoch, 1954. 
Sandy Ridge — Brother Irvin Moore, 1954. 
Roanoke — Elder W. B. Enoch, 1955. 
Long Branch— Elder C. L. Alston, 1954. 
Chestnut Knob— Elder W. B. Enoch, 1955. 
Piedmont— Elder W. C. Dancev, 1954. 
Contentnea— Elder W. C. Dancey, 1954. 
Mt. Pleasant— Elder W. B. Enoch, 1954. 

Motioned and agreed that Brother Arthur Hightower send letter and 
minutes to Mt. Zion Association. Motioned and agreed to have 350 
copies of these minutes printed. 

Motioned and agreed that the old treasurer make a report. The same 
was made and received. 

Motioned and agreed that conference adjourn; hymn 618 was sung 
for closing. Benediction by Elder C. L. Alston. 

MONDAY AT THE STAND. 

Service was called to order by singing hymn 47. Prayer was offered 
by Brother Richard Graves. Elder J. J. Adams sang hymn, text, Psalms 
139. Elder H. E. Smith sang hymn 616, text Psalms 122. The Moderator 
then arose and expressed his gratitude and thanks to the people, in 
regards to their keen interest and kind hospitality demonstrated by 
their taking care of the association. Hymn 506 was sung for the final 
closing. Benediction bv Elder J. J. Adams. 



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Elders: 



CORRESPONDING ELDERS 



J. H. Winstead, Tarboro, N. C. 

G. W. Thorpe, Box 7, Tarboro, N. C. 

H. E. Smith, Rt. 2, Box 48, Rockey Ford, Ga. 

J. H. Dickens, R.F.D. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 

J. B. McLaughlin, Rt. 1, Blairs, Va. 

Frank Penn, Rt. 1, Box 334, Bassett, Va. 

R. H. Martin, C-80, Winston-Salern, N. C. 

T. E. Claytor, Rt. 2, Box 14, Salem, Va. 

Amos H. Humphrey, Rt. 3, Box 25, Jacksonville, N. C. 

J. D. Stewart, P. O. Box 63, Coats, N. C. 

Charlie Powell, Tarboro, N. C. 

Brother Earl Holt, Fremont, N. C. 



Elders: 



ORDAINED ELDERS AND ADDRESSES 

C. L. Alston, Route 2., Box 25, Burlington, N. C. 
W. C. Dancey, P. O. Box 37, Garner, N. C. 
W. B. Enoch, Route 2, Burlington, N. C. 



Brethren: 



LICENTIATES AND ADDRESSES 

Brother Irvin Moore, Route 5, Box 349B, Burlington, N. C. 

DEACONS AND ADDRESSES 

C. Lynch, 2115 Byrd St., Greensboro, N. C. 

Odie Blackwell, Rt. 3, Burlington, N. C. 

Robert Harden, Rt. 2, Box 353A, Oxford, N. C. 

George Harden, Rt. 2, Oxford, N. C. 

James Corbett, Burlington, N. C. 

Clarence Cornpton, Burlington, N. C. 

Arthur Hightower, Rt. 1, Mebane, N. C. 



CIRCULAR LETTER 

Dear Church and Brethren in Christ, I trust. Wherefore seeing 
we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us 
lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and 
let us run with patience tne race that is set before us. 

Done by order of conference. 

Brother George S. Harden 



DECEASED 1954 

Brother John Wiley was born February 11, 1889; he departed this 
life February 24, 1954. He was a member of the Mt. Hope Church. He 
is gone but not forgotten. 

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ARTICLES OF FAITH 

1. We believe in one true and living God, the Father, the Word, and 
the Holy Ghost. 

2. "We believe in the scriptures, the Old and New Testaments, are 
the words of God, and the only rules of faith and practice. 

3. We believe in original sin, and the punishment of the wicked 
shall be everlasting, and the joy of the righteous eternal. 

4. We believe God's elect shall be called, converted, regenerated, 
and sanctified by the Holy Ghost. 

5. We believe the saints shall always persevere in grace and never 
finally fall away. 

6. We believe that baptism, the Lord's Supper, and the washing of 
the saints' feet are ordinances of Jesus Christ, and that true believers 
in Jesus Christ are the only subjects entitled to these privileges. 

7. We believe the mode of baptism is by immersion in water. 

8. We believe that God chose His people in Christ before the world 
began. 

9. We believe no minister has a right to administer the ordinance 
only as a regularly baptised, called, and come under the imposition 
of the hands of the presbytery. 

10. We believe that none but regular baptised members have a 
right to commune at the Lord's Table. 

ELDER CECIL ALSTON, Moderator, 
ELDER W. B. ENOCH, Assistant Moderator, 
BROTHER IRWIN MOORE, Assistant Clerk. 



RULES OF DECORUM 

1. No member shall be received from a sister Association without 
a letter of dismission. 

2. If a member begins to raise confusion in the church whether 
minister or member, the church must at once take steps to exclude 
such a member. 

3. No member shall be allowed to visit ball rooms or in any way 
violate rules of the church, and if they do, they shall be in the hands 
of the church and liable to be excluded. 

4. Members who will not obey our rules which are simple and 
easy, must not be held. 

5. When a member has been excluded for violating church rules 
and comes back to make a confession before the church it is the 
duty of the church to receive such a member according to the gospel 
order. 

6. Each church shall commune twice a year. 

7. No ordained church of the same faith and order shall be within 
seven miles of each other if they can help it. 

8. Any members who calls for his name and keeps it in his pocket 
over three months is considered out of the church and has to return 
home. 

9. Any member failing to attend three succeeding quarterly meet- 
ings without sickness shall be in the hands and restriction of the 
church. 

10. All churches of this Association shall have ordained deacons, 
if they possibly can. 

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11. Any church belonging to Cooper's Grove Association cut off or 
dropped by an act of this body or a union meeting of this Association, 
no brother or brethren shall take it up, neither any Association 
with whom we correspond. 

12. The members of this Association shall pay Associational dues. 

13. No member shall stand in the church and give word for word. 

14. The minority must submit to the majority except on fellowship- 
ing and appointing men to office, which must be unanimous. 

15. Any minister who will get drunk shall not be allowed to ad- 
minister the Lord's Supper, and not be allowed to preach. 

16. Any member who will go to law with any matter before bring- 
ing it before the church must not be held in the church. 

17. An Elder cannot hold an office of a bishop without good report 
of the church in and out of the church. As long as his conduct is 
good he may hold the office as long as he is chosen. 

18. If there is anything a woman wishes to know she must ask 
her husband or a brother in the church. 

19. No church that has a pastor shall make any new rules in the 
church unless he is present, or someone appointed by him. 

20. There shall be no new rules made in the Association or for 
the Association to be ruled unless the Moderator is present or some- 
one appointed by him. 

21. Washing of the feet at all communions. 



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— of the — 

Twenty - Second 

Annual Session 

— of the — 

Cooper's Grove 

Primitive Baptist Association 

— held with — 
Living Hope Church 

ALAMANCE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA 
AUGUST 20, 21, 22, 

1955 



Next session convenes with Pilgrim Rest Church, Glencoe 

Road, Burlington, N. C, beginning Saturday before the 

third Sunday in August, 1956. 

OFFICEES 

ELDER CECIL ALSTON Moderator 

Route 2, Box 25, Tel. 2668, Burlington, N. C. 

ELDER W. B. ENOCH Assistant Moderator 

Route 2, Tel. 2753, Burlington, N. C. 

BROTHER C LYNCH Association Clerk 

2115 Byrd St., Greensboro, N. C. 

BROTHER IRVIN MOORE Assistant Clerk 

Route 5, Box 349B, Tel. 6-0370, Burlington, N. C. 



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Proceedings 



OF THE TWENTY-SECOND ANNUAL SESSION OF THE 

COOPER'S GROVE PRIMITIVE BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, 

CONVENED WITH LIVING HOPE CHURCH, IN ALAMANCE 

COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA, AUGUST 20, 21, 22, 1955 

Elder Cecil Alston, Presiding 

Service was called to order by singing hymn 73. Praj T er by Elder 
E. J. Bateman. Elder Alston then arose according to the report of the 
1954 session, sang hymn 490, and preached the Introductory Sermon, 
text, 90th Psalm. Elder W. B. Enoch, alternate, text, Eph. 2:8. Hymn 
300 was sung for closing. Intermission for one hour. Benediction by 
H. E. Smith. 

AFTERNOON SESSION. 

The brethren re-assembled, sang hymn 73. Prayer by Elder Paul 
Alston. The Moderator then announced the house in order for business. 
First in order was the choosing of Moderator and Clerk. Motioned and 
agreed Elder C. L. Alston be Moderator. Motioned and agreed Elder 
W. B. Enoch be Assistant Moderator. Motioned and agreed Brother 
C. Lynch be Clerk. Motioned and agreed Brother Irvin Moore be 
Assistant Clerk. Motioned and agreed call for peace of the conference. 
Met in peace and parted the same. 

Motioned and agreed to invite our corresponding elders and brethren 
to seat with us and feel welcome. 

Motioned and agreed that the roll of churches be called: 

Mt. Hope: Reported in love and peace. 

Pilgrim Rest: Reported in love and peace. 

Living Hope: Reported in love and peace. 

Antioch: Door left open. 

Moore's Grove: Reported in love and peace. 

Wright's Grove: Reported in love and peace. 

Motioned and agreed to receive the report of the churches. 

Motioned and agreed that the Decorum be read; the same received. 

Motioned and agreed to call for corresponding delegates. 

Bethlehem: Elder William Braswell reported in love and peace with 
a file of Minutes. Next session convenes with Willow Chapel Church 
at Sparta, North Carolina. 

The following elders were sent to the stand to preach for the people: 
Elder Paul Alston to conduct, Elder Braswell, Elder J. D. Steward, 
Elder H. E. Smith, Brother Richard Graves to record the texts. 

Radicue; Elder Warren Cooper reported in love and peace with a 
file of Minutes. Next session convenes with Seven Springs Church in 
Rocky Mount, North Carolina. 

Little River: Elder Lawrence Bethea reported in love and peace with 
a file of minutes. Next session with Princeton Church in Princeton, N.C. 

Contentnea: No messenger. 

Union Line: Elder David Bynum reported in love and peace with a 
file of Minutes. Next session with Union Grove Church, Wilson, N. C. 

Sandy Ridge: Elder Samuel Hairston reported in love and peace with 
a file of Minutes. Next session with Tatum-Macedonia Church near 
Stuart, Virginia. 



Chestnut Knob: Elder Hubert Martin reported in love and peace with 
a file of Minutes. 

Roanoke: Elder H. A. Cole reported in love and peace with a file of 
Minutes. Next session with Hackberry Church near Chatham, Virginia. 

Corresponding: No messenger. 

Loving: Elder Amos H. Humphrey reported in love and peace with a 
file of Minutes. Next session with Hartsville Chapel Church near 
Richlands in Jacksonville, N. C. 

Piedmont: Elder E. C. Claytor reported in love and peace with a file 
of Minutes. Next session with Rockfield Church. 

Mt. Zion: No messengers. 

Long Branch: Elder John Charles reported in love and peace with a 
file of Minutes. Next session with Legget Chapel Church at Legget, 
North Carolina. 

Mount Pleasant: Elder E. J. Bateman reported in love and peace with 
a file of Minutes. Next session with Promised Land Church, Montezuma, 
Georgia. 

Motioned and agreed to appoint Finance Committee: Brothers Odie 
Blackwell, George Leathe, Robert Harden, George Harden. 

Motioned and agreed to appoint Association Treasurer: Brother 
Arthur Hightower. 

Motioned and agreed to appoint the Committee on Arrangements: 
Elder C. L. Alston, Brother Hubert Lynes, Brother Albert Curtiss. 

Motioned and agreed conference adjourn. Sang hymn 506 for closing. 
Benediction by Elder E. J. Bateman. 

SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT THE STAND. 

Service was called to order by hymn 300; prayer by Elder H. E. 
Smith. Elder Paul Alston arose and preached. Elder William Brasvvell 
preached, followed by Elder James D. Stewart, followed by Elder 
H. E. Smith. Then the Moderator arose and sang the dismissing song. 
Benediction by the Moderator. 

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SATURDAY NIGHT. 

Services were called to order by singing hymn 530. Praj^er by Brother 
Cecil Alston. The Moderator then introduced Elder Hubert Martin, 
text, St. John. He was followed by Elder Lawrence Bethea and then 
by Elder Lemon Adams, text, Gen. 7:26. Next was Elder Jimmie AVilson, 
who sang hymn 188, text Isaiah 63. He was followed by Elder Warren 
Cooper, no special text. Elder E. J. Bateman followed, no special text. 
The Moderator then arose and sang hymn 288 for a closing. 

SUNDAY MORNING. 

Services were called to order by singing hymn 253. Prayer by Elder 
Warren Cooper. The Moderator then introduced Elder H. A. Coles, text, 
Gen. 1:6; followed by Elder John Charles, sang hymn 3, text, St. John 1. 
He was followed by Elder E. C. Claytor, sang hymn 338, text, Psalms 
133. He was followed by Elder J. J. Adams, text, Acts, 4:12, followed 
by Elder David Bynum, text, Hebrews 4-. The Moderator then arose and 
sang hymn 288 for closing. Benediction by Elder John Charles. 

SUNDAY AFTERNOON. 

Services were called to order by singing hymn 506. Prayer by Elder 
W. B. Enoch. The Moderator arose and introduced Elder Johnnie Pitts 

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who sang hymn 626, text, St. John 15. He was followed by Elder Amos 
H. Humphrey, sang hymn 393, text, Matt. 25, followed by Elder Samuel 
H. Hairston, text, St. John 1. The Moderator then arose and sang for 
a closing hymn, 73. Benediction by Elder David Bynum. 



SUNDAY NIGHT SERVICE. 

Services were called to order by the Moderator singing hymn 507. 
Prayer by Elder David Bynum. The Moderator then arose and intro- 
duced Brother Irvin Moore, text, "The foundation of God standeth 
sure." He was followed by Elder E. J. Bateman, sang hymn 507, text 
Hebrews 10:1. He was followed by Elder H. E. Smith who sang hymn 
125, text, St. John 10. The Moderator then arose and sang for a 
closing hymn, 195. Benediction by Elder S. H. Hairston. 



MONDAY MORNING CONFERENCE. 

The Brethren re-assembled Monday Morning according to the ad- 
journment. The service was called to order by Elder Cecil Alston. The 
Moderator sang hymn 422. Prayer was offered by Elder C. L. Alston. 
The Moderator announced the house in order for business. 

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Motioned and agreed that the roll of churches be called. All present. 

Motioned and agreed to hear the report of the section meeting. The 
report was made by Brother Irvin Moore and was received. 

Motioned and agreed to hear the report of the seond section meeting. 
The report was made by Brother Irvin Moore, same was received. 

Motioned and agreed that the Circular Letter be read; it was received. 

Motioned and agreed that Saturday's proceeding be read. Motioned 
and agreed that they be received. 

Motioned and agreed that Brother George Harden write the Circular 
Letter for 1956. 

Motioned and agreed that first section convene with Mt. Hope 
Church, Greensboro, North Carolina, first Saturday and Sunday in 
April, 1956, conducted by Elder W. B. Enoch, Brother Irvin Moore. 

Second section convene with Moore's Grove Church in Granville, Co., 
fourth Saturday and Sunday in April, 1956, conducted by Elder W. C. 
Dancey, Elder W. B. Enoch. 

Motioned and agreed that the next session of the Cooper's Grove 
Association convene with the Pilgrim Rest Church in Burlington, North 
Carolina, beginning Saturday before the third Sunday in August, 1956. 
Elder C. L. Alston to preach the Introductory Sermon, Elder W. B. 
Enoch, his alternate. 

Motioned and agreed that the Committee on Arrangements make their 
report. According to the Committee's report, the Moderator appointed 
Elder E. J. Bateman to preach for the people at the stand Monday 
Morning, Elder Paul R. Alston to open the service, Brother Richard 
Graves to record the minister's texts. 

Motioned and agreed that the treasurer make his report. Reported 
$231.67. 

Motioned and agreed that the Finance Committee make their report. 
Report is as follows: 



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Mt. Hope $ 30.50 

Pilgrim Rest 52.00 

Living Hope 5.50 

Antioch 0.00 

Moore's Grove 15.00 

Wright's Grove 3.00 

Churches $106.00 

Public 136.17 

Total $242.17 

Expenses 212.00 

Balance $ 30.17 

Delegation 12.00 

Total Balance $ 18.17 

Motioned and agreed that we appoint messengers to the different 
associations with whom we correspond: 

Bethlehem — Elder W. B. Enoch, 1955. 
Union Line — Brother Irvin Moore, 1955. 
Radicue — Elder Paul R. Alston, 1955. 
Loving— Elder W. B. Enoch, 1955. 
Little River — Elder W. C. Dancey, 1955. 
Corresponding^Brother Irvin Moore, 1955. 
Sandy Ridge— Elder C. L. Alston, 1955. 
Roanoke — Elder C. L. Alston, 1956. 
Long Branch— Elder W. B. Enoch, 1955. 
Chestnut Knob — Elder Paul R. Alston, 1956. 
Piedmont — Paul R. Alston, 1955. 
Contentnea — Brother Irvin Moore, 1955. 
Mt. Pleasant — Elder W. C. Dancey, 1955. 
Motioned and agreed to print 350 copies of the Minutes. 
Motioned and agreed that the conference adjourn. Hymn 18 was 
sung for closing. Benediction by C. L. Alston. 

MONDAY MORNING AT THE STAND. 

Hymn 631 was sung for the opening. Prayer by Elder E. J. Bateman. 
Elder E. J. Bateman preached, text, St. John 15. Elder David Bynum 
no special text. Elder H. E. Smith sang hymn 411 and preached. The 
Moderator then arose and sang for a closing hymn, 618. Benediction by 
Elder Paul Alston. 

ELDER C. L. ALSTON, Moderator 
ELDER W. B. ENOCH, Assistant Moderator 
BROTHER C. LYNCH, Association Clerk 
BROTHER IRVIN MOORE, Assistant Clerk 



Elders: 



ORDAINED ELDERS AND ADDRESSES 

C. L. Alston, Route 2., Box 25, Burlington, N. C. 

Tel. 2668. 
W. C. Dancey, P. O. Box 37, Garner, N. C. 
Paul R. Alston, 1419 52nd Ave., N.E., Tel. 3-6634, 

Washington, D. C. 
W. B. Enoch, Rt. 2, Tel. 2753, Burlington, N. C. 

LICENTIATES AND ADDRESSES 

Brother Irvin Moore, Route 5, Box 349B, Burlington, N. C. 
Tel. 6-0370 

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DEACONS AND ADDRESSES 

Brethren: 

C. Lynch, 2115 Byrd St., Greensboro, N. C. 

Odie Blackwell, Rt. 3, Tel. 8727, Burlington, N. C. 

Robert Harden, Rt. 2, Box 353A, Oxford, N. C. 

George Harden, Rt. 2, Oxford, N. C. 

James Corbett, Burlington, N. C. 

Clarence Compton, Burlington, N. C, Tel. 6-5667. 

Arthur Hightower, Rt. 1, Mebane, N. C. 

CIRCULAR LETTER 

Dear Brethren: 

The Lord has blessed us to meet again from the east, west, north and 
south. We are thankful to our Heavenly Father for preserving our 
lives. How good it is for brethren to dwell together in peace. God 
commanded us to stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ has made 
us free. Let us serve God with godly fear and all we do be in the glory 
of God. 

Done by order of conference. Brother Robert Harden 

ARTICLES OF FAITH 

1. We believe in one true and living God, the Father, the Word, and 
the Holy Ghost. 

2. We believe in the scriptures, the Old and New Testaments, are 
the words of God, and the only rules of faith and practice. 

3. We believe in original sin, and the punishment of the wicked 
shall be everlasting, and the joy of the righteous eternal. 

4. We believe God's elect shall be called, converted, regenerated, 
and sanctified by the Holy Ghost. 

5. We believe the saints shall always persevere in grace and never 
finally fall away. 

6. We believe that baptism, the Lord's Supper, and the washing of 
the saints' feet are ordinances of Jesus Christ, and that true believers 
in Jesus Christ are the only subjects entitled to these privileges. 

7. We believe the mode of baptism is by immersion in water. 

8. We believe that God chose His people in Christ before the world 
began. 

9. We believe no minister has a right to administer the ordinance 
only as a regularly baptised, called, and come under the imposition 
of the hands of the presbytery. 

10. We believe that none but regular baptised members have a 
right to commune at the Lord's Table. 

ELDER C. L. ALSTON, Moderator 
ELDER W. B. ENOCH, Assistant Moderator 
BROTHER C. LYNCH, Association Clerk 
BROTHER IRVIN MOORE, Assistant Clerk 



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RULES OF DECOBUM 

I. No member shall be received from a sister Association without 
a letter of dismission. 

2„ If a member begins to raise confusion in the church whether 
minister or member, the church must at once take steps to exclude 
such a member. 

3. No member shall be allowed to visit ball rooms or in any way- 
violate rules of the church, and if they do, they shall be in the hands 
of the church and liable to be excluded. 

4. Members who will not obey our rules which are simple and 
easy, must not be held. 

5. When a member has been excluded for violating church rules 
and comes back to make a confession before the church it is the 
duty of the church to receive such a member according to the gospel 
order. 

6. Each church shall commune twice a year. 

7. No ordained church of the same faith and order shall be within 
seven miles of each other if they can help it. 

8. Any members who calls for his name and keeps it in his pocket 
over three months is considered out of the church and has to return 
home. 

9. Any member failing to attend three succeeding quarterly meet- 
ings without sickness shall be in the hands and restriction of the 
church. 

10. All churches of this Association shall have ordained deacons, 
if they possibly can. 

II. Any church belonging to Cooper's Grove Association cut off or 
dropped by an act of this body or a union meeting of this Association, 
no brother or brethren shall take it up, neither any Association 
with whom we correspond. 

12. The members of this Association shall pay Associational dues. 

13. No member shall stand in the church and give word for word. 

14. The minority must submit to the majority except on fellowship- 
ing and appointing men to office, which must be unanimous. 

15. Any minister who will get drunk shall not be allowed to ad- 
minister the Lord's Supper, and not be allowed to preach. 

16. Any member who will go to law with any matter before bring- 
ing it before the church must not be held in the church. 

17. An Elder cannot hold an office of a bishop without good report 
of the church in and out of the church. As long as his conduct is 
good he may hold the office as long as he is chosen. 

18. If there is anything a woman wishes to know she must ask 
her husband or a brother in the church. 

19. No church that has a pastor shall make any new rules in the 
church unless he is present, or someone appointed by him. 

20. There shall be no new rules made in the Association or for 
the Association to be ruled unless the Moderator is present or some- 
one appointed by him. 

21. Washing of the feet at all communions. 



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Minutes 

OF THE 

Twenty-Third 
Annual Session 

OF THE 

Coopers Grove 

Primitive Baptist Association 

HELD WITH 

Pilgrim Rest Church 

IN BURLINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA 
AUGUST 18, 19, 20, 

1956 



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Next session convenes at High Rock in Orange County, 

North Carolina, beginning Saturday before the third 

Sunday in August, 1957. 

OFFICERS 

ELDER CECIL ALSTON - Moderator, Rt. 2, Phone 2668, 

Burlington, North Carolina 

ELDER W. B. ENOCH - Clerk, Rt. 2, Burlington, N. C. 

Telephone 2753 



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Proceedings 



OF THE TWENTY-THIRD ANNUAL SESSION OF THE COOPER 

GROVE PRIMITIVE BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, 

Convened with Pilgrim Rest Church 

In Burlington, North Carolina, 

August 17, 18, 19, 1956 

With Elder C. L. Alston presiding, service was called to order by 
singing hymn 492. Prayer by Elder C. M. Bullock. Elder Cecil Alston 
arose according to the report of the 1955 session preached the Intro- 
ductory Sermon, text Psalm 90. Elder W. B. Enoch alternate, text, 
Ephesians 2:8. Hymn 364 was sung for closing. Intermission for one 
hour. Benediction by Elder J. J. Adams. 

AFTERNOON SESSION: 

The brethren re-assembled and sang hymn 200. Prayer by Elder 
Paul Alston. The Moderator then announced the house in order for 
business. First in order was the choosing of Moderator and Clerk. 
Motioned, and agreed that Elder C. L. Alston be Moderator. 

Motioned and agreed that Elder W. B. Enoch be Assistant Moderator. 

Motioned and agreed that Elder W. B. Enoch be Clerk. Motioned 
and agreed that Elder Irwin Moore be Assistant Clerk. 

Motioned and agreed to call for peace of the comfort. Met in peace 
and parted the same. 

Motioned and agreed to invite corresponding Elders and brethren 
to seat and feel themselves at home with us. 

Motioned and agreed to call roll of the churches. 

Mount Hope: Reported love and peace. 

Pilgrim Rest: Reported in love and peace. 

Living Hope: Reported in love and peace. 

Moore's Grove: Reported in love and peace. 

Motioned and agreed to receive the reports of the churches. 

Motioned and agreed the Rules of Decorum be read. 

Motioned and agreed to receive the Rules of Decorum as read. 

Motioned and agreed to call for the corresponding delegates: 

Bethlehem: Elder Charlie M. Bullock, reported peace; a file of 
Minutes. Next session to be held with Few in Number Church at 
Pine Tops, North Carolina. 

Roanoke: Elder J. J. Adams, reported love and peace, file of Minutes. 
Next session to convene with Mine Creek Church near Keeling, Va. 

Corresponding: Elder Frank Bell reported love and peace, and file 
of Minutes. Next session to be held with Post Oak Church near 
Robersonville, North Carolina. 

Sandy Ridge: Elder J. D. Tucker reported love and peace and file 
of Minutes. Next session to be with Stoneville Church, Stoneville, N. C. 

Chestnut Knob: Elder Roosevelt Thomas reported love and peace, 
and file of Minutes. Next session Piney Grove. Get off at Woodys store. 

Long Branch: Elder J, H. Dickens reported love and peace, file of 
Minutes. Next session at Tar River Chapel Church, Tarboro, N. C. 

Contentnea: Brother Bennie Bryant reported peace and love, file 
of Minutes. Next session with Little Nahunta Church, Fremont, N. C. 

Loving: Elder Amos Humphrey, love and peace, file of Minutes. Next 
session at Catherine Chapel Church, Jacksonville, N. C. 



Mt. Pleasant: Elder H. E. Smith reported love and peace, file of 
Minutes. Next sessiion with Bethlehem Church, Wadley, Ga. 

Mount Zion: Elder B. O'Neal reported love and peace, file of Min- 
utes. Next session with Mt. Zion Church, Norfork, W. Va. 

Union: Elder David Bynum reported love and peace, a file of Min- 
utes. Next session at Williams Chapel Church near Walstonburg, N. C. 

Radicue: Elder James Barrett reported love and peace and file of 
Minutes. Next session at Art Willow Church, near Wilson, N. C. 

The following Elders sent to stand to preach. The Moderator ap- 
pointed Elder Paul Alston to open and conduct, Brother C. Lynch to 
record the texts. Elder Jesse Mabe to preach, followed by Elder B. 
Hairston, Elder C. M. Bullock, Elder James Barrett to follow him. 

Little River: Elder J. D. Stewart reported love and peace, with file 
of Minutes. Next session at Mt. Moriah Church at Smithfield, N. C. 

Piedmont: No messengers. 

Motioned and agreed that all associational reports be received by 
the Moderator extending the right hand of fellowship to the messengers. 

Motioned and agreed to choose Finance Committee: Brother Odie 
Blackwell, Brother Robert Hardin, Brother George Harden, Brother 
George N. Leath. 

Committee on Preaching from day to day: Elder Cecil Alston, Broth- 
er Clarence Compton, Brother Arthur Hightower. 

Motioned and agreed to choose Association Treasurer: Brother C. 
Lynch, Brother Albert Curtiss. 

Elder Hubert Alston returned home confessing his faults and was 
appointed to meet his monthly meeting third Saturday in September, 
1956. Then space was given for the Elders and brethren to express 
their fellings in words of comfort. 

Motioned and agreed that conference adjourn. Sang hymn 73 for 
closing. Benediction by Elder W. B. Enoch. 

SATURDAY EVENING SERVICE: 

Service was called to order by singing hymn 606. Prayer by Elder 
James Barrett, Elder C. M. Bullock arose, sang hymn 270 and preached 
Elder B. Hairston sang hymn 364, and preached from John 15. 
Elder Jesse Mabe arose preached, text, John 3. Elder Paul Alston 
preached from John 1:16. The Moderator sang hymn 353 for closing. 
Benediction by Elder Cecil Alston. 

SATURDAY NIGHT SERVICE: 

Service was called to order by singing hymn 275; prayer by Elder 
C. M. Bullock. Elder James Barrett arose and sang hymn 380 and 
preached. Elder Jesse Tucker sang hymn No. 3, text Titus. Elder 
J. J. Adams preached, text Job 14:14. Elder B. O'Neal preached, text, 
Matt. 5. Elder J. H. Dickens preached with the Spirit. After a few 
remarks from the Moderator, hymn 18 was sung for closing. Benedic- 
tion by Elder J. J. Adams. 

SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE: 

Service was called to order by singing hymn 288; prayer by Elder 
James Barrett. Brother Bennie Bryant sang hymn 201 and preached 
wonderfully. Elder David Bynum sang hymn 95, text Isa. 32:1. Elder 
J. D. Stewart preached from Matt. 3:3. Elder J. H. Dickens preached 
from John 15:2. Elder Amos H. Humphrey preached from John 15: 

— 2 — 



15. The Moderator then arose and sang hymn 506 for closing. Ben- 
ediction by Elder A. H. Humphrey. 

SUNDAY EVENING SERVICE: 

Service was called to order by singing hymn 73; prayer by Elder 
J. H. Winstead. Elder Burton McLaughlin sang hymn 415, text John 
3:17. Brother Robert Wilson sang hymn 490, preached from Matt. 
5:1. Elder Lemon Adams preached from no special text. Elder H. E. 
Smith sang hymn 490 and preached from Psalm 23. Elder J. J. 
Adams sang hymn 334, preached from no special text. Hymn 203 was 
sung for closing. Benediction by Elder W. B. Enoch. 

ELDER CECIL ALSTON, Moderator, 
ELDER W. B. ENOCH, Assistant Moderator 
ELDER IRWIN MOORE, Assistant Clerk, 
ELDER W. B. ENOCH, Clerk, 

SUNDAY NIGHT SERVICE: 

Service was opened with hymn 34; prayer by Elder Paul Alston. 
Elder Moore arose and preached from John 1:1. Elder J. H. Winstead 
sang hymn 163 and preached from Gen. 1:1. Elder Paul Alston preach- 
ed from Gen. 1:3. Elder James Barrett sang hymn 188 and preached 
from John 1:1. After a few remarks by the Moderator, hymn 395 
was sung for closing. Benediction by Elder J. H. Winstead. 

MONDAY MORNING CONFERENCE: 

The brethren re-assembled Monday morning according to adjourn- 
ment. Service was called to order by Elder C. L. Alston. The Mod- 
erator sang hymn 95; prayer was offered by Elder C. L. Alston. The 
Moderator then announced the house in order for business. 

Called for peace of the conference. All in love and peace. Motioned 
and agreed to call roll of churches. All present. 

Motioned and agreed to hear reports of section meeting. Report 
made by Elder W. B. Enoch, the same was received. 

Motioned and agreed to hear reports of the second section. Report 
was made by Elder W. B. Enoch, the same was received 

Motioned and agreed to hear the reading of the Circular Letter, the 
same was received. 

Motioned and agreed for Brother Robert Hardin to write the Cir- 
cular for 1957. 

Motioned and agreed that the first section convene with Living 
Hope Church, conducted by Elder Paul Alston, and Elder Irwin Moore. 

Motioned and agreed that the second section convene with Pilgrim 
Rest Church, conducted by Elder W. B. Enoch, to preach the Intro- 
ductory Sermon. Motioned and agreed that Elder Cecil Alston be 
alternate. 

Motioned and agreed that the next session of the Cooper's Grove 
Association convene with Pilgrim Rest Church and held at High Rock, 
in Orange County, beginning Saturday before the third Sunday in 
August, 1957. Motioned and agreed that Elder W. B. Enoch preach 
the Introductory Sermon, and that Elder Paul Alston be his alternate. 
According to the report of the Committee of Arrangements, Elders J. H. 
Winstead, Elder James Barrett were sent to the stand to preach for the 

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people. Motioned and agreed that the Saturday's Proceedings be read. 
Motioned and agreed the Proceedings be received as read. Motioned 
and areed that the Finance Committee make their report as follows: 

Received from the churches $123.00 

Received from the public 124.31 $247.31 

Paid out 244.30 

Balance in hands of Treasurer 3.01 $247.31 

Motioned that the Finance report be received. 

Motioned and agreed that the Committee on Arrangements make 
their report. Motioned and agreed that the reports be received. 

Motioned and agreed that we get out delegates to corresponding 
Associations: 

Long Branch: Elder Paul Alston. 

Bethlehem: Elder Irwin Moore. 

Union Line: Elder Paul Alston. 

Radicue: Elder W. B. Enoch. 

Loving: Elder W. B. Enoch. 

Little River: Elder Paul Alston. 

Corresponding: Elder W. B. Enoch. 

Sandy Ridge: Elder Irwin Moore. 

Roanoke: Elder C. L. Alston. 

Chestnub Knob: Elder C. L. Alston. 

Contentnea: Elder Paul Alston. 

Piedmont: Elder Irwin Moore. 

Mt. Pleasant: Elder C. L. Alston. 

Mt. Zion: Elder Irwin Moore. 

Motioned and agreed that 350 copies of these Minutes be printed. 

Motioned and agreed that the conference be adjourned. 

Closed with hymn 506. Benediction was given by Elder H. E. Smith. 

MONDAY AT THE STAND: 

Service was called to order by singing hymn 197; prayer was offered 
by Elder J. H. Winstead. Elder Winstead arose and preached the fare- 
well sermon, preaching from Solomon's pool. The Moderator arose 
and expressed his gratitude and thanks to the people in regard to 
their keen interest and kind hospitality, their taking care of the Asso- 
ciation. Hymn 674 was sung for closing. Benediction by Elder 
C. L. Alston. 

ELDER CECIL ALSTON, Moderator 
ELDER W. B. ENOCH, Assistant Moderator 
ELDER IRWIN MOORE, Assistant Clerk 
ELDER W. B. ENOCH, Clerk 



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CIRCULAR LETTER 

Dear brethren: It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and 
to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High: to shew forth loving- 
kindness in the morning and thy faithfulness every night: now let us 
abide in this love and peace until the Lord shall call us, and say, Well 
done. Done by order of conference. 

— Brother George S. Hardin. 



CORRESPONDING ELDERS AND ADDRESSES 

Elder James Dickens, Rt. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 
Elder David Bynum, Box 21, Wilson, N. C. 
Elder J. J. Adams, Rt. 1, Box 153, Cascade, Va. 
Brother Bennie Bryant, Elm City, N. C. 
Elder Roosevelt Thomas, Rt. 1, Bassett, Va. 
Elder Jessie Tucker, Rt. 1, Box 636, Mt. Airy, N. C. 
Elder James Barrett, Tarboro, N. C. 
Elder James Stewart, P. O. Box 63, Coat, N. C. 
Elder Frank Bell, Oak City, N. C. 

Elder Amos Humphrey, Rt. 3, Box 25, Jacksonville, N. C. 
Elder Buddie O'Neal, Bassett, Va. 
Elder H. E. Smith, Rt. 1, Portal, Ga. 
ORDAINED ELDERS AND ADDRESSES 

Elder C. L. Alston, Rt. 2, Box 25, Burlington, N. C. 
Elder W. C. Dancey, P. O. Box 37, Garner, N. C. 
Elder W. B. Enoch, Rt. 2, Burlington, N. C. 
Elder Irwin Moore, Rt. 2, Burlington, N. C. 

DEACONS AND ADDRESSES 

C. Lynch, 2115 Byrd St., Greensboro, N. C. 

Odie BlackweU, Rt. 3, Tel. 8727, Burlington, N. C. 

Robert Harden, Rt. 2, Box 353A, Oxford, N. C. 

George Harden, Rt. 2, Oxford, N. C. 

James Corbett, Burlington, N. C. 

Clarence Compton, Burlington, N. C, Tel. 6-5667. 

Arthur Hightower, Rt. 1, Mebane, N. C. 

DECEASED MEMBERS 

1954 — Brother John Wiley was born February 11, 1889; he departed 
this life February 24, 1954. He was a member of the Mount Hope 
Church. He is gone, but not forgotten. 

1955— Sister Ada Ruffin departed this life 1955. She was a faithful 
member of the Wright's Grove Church. She is gone, but not forgotten. 



Brethren: 



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RULES OF DECORUM 

1. No member shall be received from a sister Association without 
a letter of dismission. 

2. If a member begins to raise confusion in the church whether 
minister or member, the church must at once take steps to exclude 
such a member. 

3. No member shall be allowed to visit ball rooms or in any way 
violate rules of the church, and if they do, they shall be in the hands 
of the church and liable to be excluded. 

4. Members who will not obey our rules which are simple and 
easy, must not be held. 

5. When a member has been excluded for violating church rules 
and comes back to make a confession before the church it is the 
duty of the church to receive such a member according to the gospel 
order. 

6. Each church shall commune twice a year. 

7. No ordained church of the same faith and order shall be within 
seven miles of each other if they can help it. 

8. Any members who calls for his name and keeps it in his pocket 
over three months is considered out of the church and has to return 
home. 

9. Any member failing to attend three succeeding quarterly meet- 
ings without sickness shall be in the hands and restriction of the 
church. 

10. All churches of this Association shall have ordained deacons, 
if they possibly can. 

11. Any church belonging to Cooper's Grove Association cut off or 
dropped by an act. of this body or a union meeting of this Association, 
no brother or brethren shall take it up, neither any Association 
with whom we correspond. 

12. The members of this Association shall pay Associational dues. 

13. No member shall stand in the church and give word for word. 

14. The minority must submit to the majority except on fellowship- 
ing and appointing men to office, which must be unanimous. 

15. Any minister who will get drunk shall not be allowed to ad- 
miniscer the Lord's Supper, and not be allowed to preach. 

16. Any member who will go to law with any matter before bring- 
ing it before the church must not be held in the church. 

17. An Elder cannot hold an office of a bishop without good report 
of the church in and out of the church. As long as his conduct is 
good he may hold the office as long as he is chosen. 

18. If there is anything a woman wishes to know she must ask 
her husband or a brother in the church. 

19. No church that has a pastor shall make any new rules in the 
church unless he is present, or someone appointed by him. 

20. There shall be no new rules made in the Association or for 
the Association to be ruled unless the Moderator is present or some- 
one appointed by him. 

21. Washing of the feet at all communions. 



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ARTICLES OF FAITH 

1. We believe in one true and living God, the Father, the Word, and 
the Holy Ghost. 

2. We believe in the scriptures, the Old and New Testaments, are 
the words of God, and the only rules of faith and practice. 

3. We believe in original sin, and the punishment of the wicked 
shall be everlasting, and the joy of the righteous eternal. 

4. We believe God's elect shall be called, converted, regenerated, 
and sanctified by the Holy Ghost. 

5. We believe the saints shall always persevere in grace and never 
finally fall away. 

6. We believe that baptism, the Lord's Supper, and the washing of 
the saints' feet are ordinances of Jesus Christ, and that true believers 
in Jesus Christ are the only subjects entitled to these privileges. 

7. We believe the mode of baptism is by immersion in water. 

8. We believe that God chose His people in Christ before the world 
began. 

9. We believe no minister has a right to administer the ordinance 
only as a regularly baptised, called, and come under the imposition 
of the hands of the presbytery. 

10. We believe that none but regular baptised members have a 
right to commune at the Lord's Table. 

ELDER C. L. ALSTON, Moderator 
ELDER W. B. ENOCH, Assistant Moderator 
BROTHER C. LYNCH, Association Clerk 
BROTHER IRVIN MOORE, Assistant Clerk 



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OF THE 

Twenty-Sixth 
Annual Session 
OF THE 

Coopers Grove 
Primitive Baptist Association 

HELD WITH 
Pilgrim's Rest Church 

HELD AT CHEEK'S CROSSING, 

ORANGE COUNTY 

AUGUST 16, 

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Next session convenes with Moore's Grove Church located 
at Cheek's Crossing, Orange County, Saturday before the 
third Sunday in August, 1960. 



— OFFICERS — 

ELDER C L. ALSTON - Moderator, Rt. 7, Burlington 

ELDER W. B. ENOCH - Clerk Rt. 7, Burlington, N. C 

ELDER IRWIN MOORE - Assistant Clerk, Burlington 

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Proceedings 

OF THE TWENTY-SIXTH ANNUAL SESSION OF THE 

COOPER'S GROVE PRIMITIVE BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, 

APPOINTED TO MT. HOPE CHURCH, HELD AT CHEEK'S 

CROSSING, ORANGE COUNTY, AUGUST 16, 1959 

ELDER CECIL ALSTON PRESIDING 

Hymn 530 was sung for the opening; of service. Prayer by 
Elder J. J. Adams. According to the Arrangement Committee 's 
report in the 1958 session,' Elder Cecil Alston preached the 
Introductory Sermon, text John 17 :1. Elder W. B. Enoch 
preached the alternate, text, ' ' By grace are we saved. ' ' Hymn 
No. 3 was sung for closing of the service. Benediction by Eld. 
Warren Cooper. One hour intermission. 

AFTERNOON SESSION : 

The brethren re-assembled and sang hymn 345 for the open- 
ing of conference. Prayer by Elder Warren Cooper. The 
Moderator then announced the house in order for business. 
First in order was choosing of a Moderator and Clerk. Motion 
and agreed Elder Cecil Alston be the Moderator, Elder W. B. 
Enoch, Clerk. Motion and agreed Elder Irwin Moore be As- 
sistant Clerk. Motion agreed to call for the peace of the con- 
ference. Reported peace and love. Motion agreed to invite 
corresponding Elders to seat with us and to feel welcome, their 
forming a part of the conference. Motion agreed roll of the 
churches be called. Responded as follows : 

Mt. Hope : Brother C. Lynch, reported peace and love. 

Pilgrim Rest: Brother C. Compton reported peace and love. 

Moore's Grove: Brother Robert Harden reported peace and 
love. 

According to the Arrangement Committee's report the Mod- 
erator appointed Matthew Reid, Elder Isaiah Moore, Elder Paul 
Alston sent to the stand to preach. Motion agreed that corres- 
ponding messengers make their report : 

Bethlehem: Elder Ruffin Hyman reported love and peace 
and file of Minutes. 

Tar River: Elder Leslie Blow reported love and peace and 



file of Minutes. Next session at Farmville, N. C. at Bynum 
Chapel Church. 

Radicue: Elder Warren Cooper reported love and peace 
and file of Minutes. Next session at Wilson, N. C. at Pilgrim 
Rest Church. 

Union Line: Elder Richard Hill reported peace and love, 
and file of Minutes. Next session at Wilson, N. C, at Union 
Grove Church. 

Loving : Elder Amos Humphrey reported peace and love, and 
file of Minutes. Next session at Jacksonville, N. C, at Harts- 
ville Chapel Church. 

Corresponding : No messengers. 

Long Branch: Elder Joe Willis Dickens reported peace and 
love and file of Minutes. Next session at Logsboro Church. 

Contentnea: Elder Earl Holt reported love and peace and 
file of Minutes. Next session at Black Creek N. C. at Black 
Creek Church. 

Chestnut Knob: Elder Early Stockton reported love and 
peace and file of Minutes. Next session near Martinsville, Va., 
at Flat Rock Church. 

Sandy Ridge Elder Andrew Taylor reported love and peace 
and file of Minutes. Next session at Hylton Thessalonia Church 
at Stuart, Va. 

Mt. Pleasant: Elder A. L. Perry reported love and peace 
and file of Minutes Next session at Mt. Pisgah Church, Bull- 
ock County Ga. 

Piedmont: Elder B. T. Hairston reported love and peace. 
Next session at Roanoke, Va., at City View Church. 

Roanoke: Elder J. J. Adams reported love and peace and 
file of Minutes. Next session near Danville, Va., at Mt. T'atum. 

Little River : Elder Lawrence Betliea reported love and peace 
and file of Minutes. Next session near Coats, N. C. at Black 
River Grove Church. 

Mt. Zion: Elder J. L. Wade reported love and peace. Next 
session at Bluefield, W. Va at Macedonia Church. 

Motioned and agreed all messengers be received by the Mod- 
erator extending to the messengers the right hand of fellowship 
to the delegates. Motioned and agreed to choose the Finance 

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Committee: Brethren George Harden, Brother Robert Harden, 
Brother Clarence Compton, Brother Willie Moore, Brother 
George Leathe, Brother Eichard Graves. Motioned and agreed 
Brother C. Lynch be Association Treasurer. Motioned and 
agreed to choose a Committee on Arrangements of preaching 
from day to day: Elder Cecil Alston, Brother Albert Curtiss, 
Brother Hubert Lines. Motioned and agreed that conference 
adjourn. Sang hymn 18 for closing of service. Benediction 
by Elder Lawrence Bethea, 

SATURDAY EVENING SERVICE : 

Service was called to order by singing hymn 503. Prayer 
by Brother Isaiah Moore. Elder Paul Alston came forth and 
preached, followed by Brother Isaiah Moore, followed by Elder 
Richard Hill, who chose for a text John 1 :1, hymn 83 was sung 
for closing. Benediction by Brother Reid. 

SATURDAY NIGHT SERVICE : 

Service was called to order by the Moderator singing hymn 
522. Prayer by Elder Charlie Powell. Elder Earl Holt 
preached, followed by Elder Charlie Powell, text Jer. 1. Elder 
Early Stockton preached using for a text Eph. 1 :1, followed by 
Elder Lawrence Bethea, text John 15. Elder J. J. Adams 
preached, followed by Elder Willie Dickens, followed by Elder 
Leslie Blow, text Luke 15. Hymn 152 was sung for closing of 
service. Benediction by Elder Early Stockton. 

SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE : 

Hymn No. 3 was sung for opening of service. Prayer by 
Elder J. L. Wade. Elder A. L. Perry sang hymn 339, text 
Sam. 1 :16. Elder Andrew Taylor sang hymn 631 and preach- 
ed, followed by Elder J. L. Wade sang hymn 355, text Acts 26 :1, 
followed by Elder Booker Hairston. Elder Warren Cooper 
sang hymn 695, text Isa. 6. Hymn 270 was sung 'for closing. 
Benediction by Elder R. Hyman. 

SUNDAY AFTERNOON : 

Service was called to order by singing hymn 18. Prayer by 
Elder Hyman. Preaching by Elder Lawrence Reid, followed 

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by Elder Ruf fin Hyman, text Luke 5 :1. Elder Amos Humphrey 
sang' hymn No. 3, text Luke 15. Elder Earl Holt sang hymn 
364 and preached. Elder Early Stockton sang hymn 531, text 
Cor. 3 :10. Elder Redmond Peyton sang hymn 18, and preach- 
ed, followed by Elder J. J. Adams, who sang hymn 507, text, 
"Somebody touched Me." Hymn 440 was sung for closing 
service. Benediction by Elder W. B. Enoch. 

SUNDAY NIGHT SERVICE : 

Service called to order by singing hymn 73. Prayer by 
Elder Richard Hill. Preaching by Elder Hubert Alston, using 
for a text, Rev. 1 :1, followed by Elder Paul Alston who sang 
hymn 300, followed by Elder Irwin Moore, text John 14. 506 
was sung for closing of service. Benediction by Elder Cecil 
Alston. 

MONDAY MORNING CONFERENCE : 

The brethren re-assembled according to the adjournment. 
Conference was called to order by the Moderator, Elder Cecil 
Alston singing hymn 288. Prayer by Elder Richard Hill. The 
Moderator announced the house in order for business. Motion 
and agreed to call the roll of churches. All present. Motion 
and agreed to hear the report of the section. Report made by 
Elder Irwin Moore. Motion to hear the report of second section. 
Report made by Elder Cecil Alston. Motion and agreed the 
Circular Letter be read. Motion and agreed the first section 
be held with Mt. Hope Church, 1960, Greensboro, N. C. Motion 
that Elder W. B .Enoch preach the Introductory Sermon. Elder 
Irwin Moore, alternate. Motion and agreed the second section 
be at Pilgrim Rest Church. Motion and agreed Elder Paul 
Alston preach the Introductory Sermon, Elder Hubert Alston 
be his alternate. Motion and agreed Cooper's Grove Primitive 
Baptist Association be appointed to Moore's Grove Church, to 
be held in Orange County, N. C, two miles east of Mebane, 
N. C, at Cheek's Cross, highway No. 70, for the year 1960. 
Motion and agreed that Saturday's proceedings be read. Mo- 
tioned and agreed the Committee on Arrangements make their 
report. Motion and agreed the Finance Committee make their 

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report : 

Received from the 'Churches $157.00 

Received from the public 293.15 

Old balance 92.05 $542.20 

After expenses paid, balance $147.50. 

Motion and agreed to appoint messengers to the Associations 
with whom we correspond: 

Bethlehem: Elder W. B. Enoch, 1959; Tar River: Elder 
W. B. Enoch, 1959; Union Line: Elder Paul Alston, 1959; 
Loving: Elder Hubert Alston, 1959; Radicue: Elder W. B. 
Enoch, 1959 ; Corresponding : Elder Irwin Moore, 1959 ; Long 
Branch: Elder Cecil Alston, 1959; Oontentnea: Elder Hubert 
Alston, 1959 ; Chestnut Knob : Elder Irwin Moore, 1960 ; Sandy 
Ridge : Elder Hubert Alston, 1959 ; Piedmont : Elder Irwin 
Moore, 1959; Mt. Pleasant: Elder Cecil Alston, 1959; Little 
River : Elder Cecil Alston, 1959 ; Roanoke : Elder Irwin Moore, 
1960; Mt. Zion: Elder W. B. Enoch, 1960. 

Motion and agreed we have 350 copies of the Minutes printed. 
Motion and agreed that conference adjourn until August, 1960. 
616 was sung for closing of conference. Benediction by 
Elder C. L. Alston. 

SERVICE AT STAND MONDAY MORNING: 

Service was 'Called to order by Elder Paul Alston singing 
hymn 618. Prayer by Elder Paul Alston. Elder Richard Hill 
came forth and preached, text John 1 :1. Elder Paul 
Alston came forth and preached; then the Moderator made a 
few brief remarks and thanked the many friends for their 
keen interest and kind hospitality rendered in the caretaking of 
this Association. Sang for closing 618. Benediction by Elder 
W. B. Enoch. 

ELDER CECIL ALSTON, Moderator, 
ELDER W. B. ENOCH, Ass't. Moderator 



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CIRCULAR LETTER 

Dear brethren: The Lord has blessed us to meet again to give 
thanks and praise unto the almighty God. Straight is the gate and 
narrow is the path that leadeth unto life, and few there be that find 
it. Verily I say unto you, he that entereth not by the door into the 
sheepfold but climbeth up some other waj r the same is a thief and a 
robber. In vain do they worship. Man shall not live by bread alone, 
but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. 

Done by order of conference, by Brother Robert Harden. 

ORDAINED ELDERS AND ADDRESSES 

Elder C. L. Alston, Rt. 2, Box 25, Burlington, N. C. 

Telephone: CA7-2504. 
Elder W. B. Enoch, Rt. 2, Burlington, N. C. 

Telephone CAnal 7-2753. 
Elder Irwin Moore, 903 Gray St., Burlington, N. C. 

Telephone CAnal 7-3782. 
Elder Hubert Alston, Rt. 7, Box 80, Burlington, N. C. 

Telephone CAnal 6-2585. 
Elder Paul R. Alston 1419 52nd Ave. N. E. 

Chapel Oaks, Washington, D. C. Ph. SP35816. 



Brethren: 



DEACONS AND ADDRESSES 

C. Lynch, 2115 Byrd St., Greensboro, N. C. 
Robert Harden. Rt. 2, Box 353A, Oxford, N. C. 
George Harden, Rt. 2, Oxford, N. C. 
Clarence Compton, Burlington, N. C, Tel. 6-5667. 



DECEASED MEMBERS 

Sister Mary Bell Henry departed this life March IS, 1957, a member 
of Pilgrim Rest Church. Her loss we believe is heavenly gain. Gone 
but not forgotten. Brother James Corbett departed this life Oct. 
1957, a member of the Pilgrim Rest Church. Elder Wiley C. Dancey 
departed this life May, 1959. Gone, but not forgotten. 



CHURCH STATISTICS 

Mt. Hope — Pastor, Elder Cecil Alston; messenger, Brother C. Lynch; 
Sunday of meeting, 1st; total membership 7; contribution $39.00. 

Pilgrim Rest — Elder Cecil Alston, Pastor; messenger, Brother 
Clarence Compton; Sunday of meeting 3rd; deceased 1; total member- 
ship 28; contribution $91.00. 

Moores Grove — Elder Cecil Alston, Pastor; messengers, Brother 
Robert Harder.; Sunday of meeting 4th; total membership 11; con- 
tribution $27.00. 

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ARTICLES OF FAITH 

1. We believe in one true and living God, the Father, the Word, and 
the Holy Ghost. 

2. We believe in the scriptures, the Old and New Testaments, are 
the words of God, and the only rules of faith and practice. 

3. We believe in original sin, and the punishment of the wicked 
shall be everlasting, and the joy of the righteous eternal. 

4. We believe God's elect shall be called, converted, regenerated, 
and sanctified by the Holy Ghost. 

5. We believe the saints shall always persevere in grace and never 
finally fall away. 

6. We believe that baptism, the Lord's Supper, and the washing of 
the saints' feet are ordinances of Jesus Christ, and that true believers 
in Jesus Christ are the only subjects entitled to these privileges. 

7. We believe the mode of baptism is by immersion in water. 

8. We believe that God chose His people in Christ before the world 
began. 

9. We believe no minister has a right to administer the ordinance 
only as a regularly baptised, called, and come under the imposition 
of the hands of the presbytery. 

10. We believe that none but regular baptised members have a 
right to commune at the Lord's Table. 

ELDER C. L. ALSTON, Moderator 
ELDER W. B. ENOCH, Assistant Moderator 
BROTHER IRVIN MOORE, Assistant Clerk 



RULES OF DECORUM 

1. No member shall be received from a sister Association without 
a letter of dismission. 

2. If a member begins to raise confusion in the church whether 
minister or member, the church must at once take steps to exclude 
such a member. 

3. No member shall be allowed to visit ball rooms or in any way 
violate rules of the church, and if they do, they shall be in the hands 
of the church and liable to be excluded. 

4. Members who will not obey our rules which are simple and 
easy, must not be held. 

5. When a member has been excluded for violating church rules 
and comes back to make a confession before the church it is the 
duty of the church to receive such a member according to the gospel 
order. 

6. Each church shall commune twice a year. 

7. No ordained church of the same faith and order shall be within 
seven miles of each other if they can help it. 

8. Any members who calls for his name and keeps it in his pocket 
over three months is considered out of the church and has to return 
home. 

9. Any member failing to attend three succeeding quarterly meet- 
ings without sickness shall be in the hands and restriction of the 
church. 

10. All churches of this Association shall have ordained deacons, 
if they possibly can. 

11. Any church belonging to Cooper's Grove Association cut off or 
dropped by an act of this body or a union meeting of this Association, 

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no brother or brethren shall take it up, neither any Association 
with whom we correspond. 

12. The members of this Association shall pay Associational dues. 

13. No member shall stand in the church and give word for word. 

14. The minority must submit to the majority except on fellowship- 
ing and appointing men to office, which must be unanimous. 

15. Any minister who will get drunk shall not be allowed to ad- 
minister the Lord's Supper, and not be allowed to preach. 

16. Any member who will go to law with any matter before bring- 
ing it before the church must not be held in the church. 

17. An Elder cannot hold an office of a bishop without good report 
of the church in and out of the church. As long as his conduct is 
good he may hold the office as long as he is chosen. 

18. If there is anything a woman wishes to know she must ask 
her husband or a brother in the church. 

19. No church that has a pastor shall make any new rules in the 
church unless he is present, or someone appointed by him. 

20. There shall be no new rules made in the Association or for 
the Association to be ruled unless the Moderator is present or some- 
one appointed by him. 

21. Washing of the feet at all communions. 

22. Any member or minister sowing discord among brethren falls 
into the hands of his church, and is liable to be excluded. 



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OF THE 

Twenty-Eighth 
Annual Session 

OF THE 

Coopers Grove 
Primitive Baptist Association 

HELD AT THE 

ASSOCIATION GROUND 

One mile east of Mebane, N. C. Highway 70 
AUGUST 19, 20, 21, 

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Next session appointed to be held with Moore's Grove 

Church, 1962, held at the regular place, one mile east of 

Mebane, Orange County, N. C, Saturday before the third 

Sunday in August, 1962. 

— OFFICERS — 

ELDER CECIL ALSTON Moderator 

ELDER W. B. ENOCH Clerk 

ELDER IRWIN MOORE Assistant Clerk 



Cooper's Grove Primitive Baptist Association was organ- 
ized August 19, 1933 at Burlington, N. C, by the Elders 
of Tar River Association. 

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Proceedings 

OF THE TWENTY-EIGHTH ANNUAL SESSION OF THE 

COOPER'S GROVE PRIMITIVE BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, 

HELD AT THE ASSOCIATION GROUND ONE MILE EAST OF 

MEBANE, NORTH CAROLINA, (ORANGE COUNTY) 

AUGUST, 1961, WITH ELDER CECIL ALSTON PRESIDING 

Hymn 188 was sung for the opening of service. Prayer by 
Elder J. L. "Wade. The Moderator then announced the house in 
order for service according to the arrangement committee's re- 
port in the 1960 session. Elder C. L. Alston preached the In- 
troductory Sermon, text Matt. 2:2. Eilder W. B. Enoch, the 
alternate, with no special text. Hymn 492 was sung for the 
closing of the service. Benediction by Elder "W. M. Weaver. 

AFTERNOON SERVICE : 

The brethren re-assembled and sang hymn 76. Prayer by 
Elder W. M. Weaver. The Moderator then announced the 
house in order for business. First in order was the choosing 
of Moderator and Clerk. Motioned and agreed that Elder Cecil 
Alston be chosen Moderator and Elder W. B. Enoch be chosen 
Clerk. Motioned and agreed that Elder Irwin Moore be chosen 
Assistant Clerk. 

Motioned and agreed that all officers that constitute the 
Cooper 's G-rove Association that are in good standing remain in 
the respective offices. Motioned and agreed that the correspond- 
ing delegates be invited to seat with us in conference, and feel 
themselves cordially welcome. Motioned and agreed the Roll 
of churches be called: 

Mt. Hope: Reported peace and love. Report made by C. 
Lynch. 

Pilgrim Rest: Reported peace and love. The report was 
made by Brother Clarence Compton. 

Moore's Grove: Reported peace and love, report made by 
Brother Robert Harden. Brother George Harden motioned and 
agreed the report of churches be received. Motioned and agreed 
the Rules of Decorum be read. Same was received. The Elders 
were sent to the stand to preach for the people: Elder Amos 



H. Humphrey, Elder Robert Townes, Elder Cutler Sauls, 
Elder F. B. Bell, Elder Isaiah Perkins. 

Motioned and agreed the messengers which we correspond 
with give their report: 

Bethlehem: Elder Daniel Staton reported peace and love, 
and file of Minutes. Next session with Mt. Olive Church five 
miles south of Fountain, N. C, on highway 222. 

Union Line: Elder Uriah Parker reported love and peace. 
He was received. Next sitting was not reported, as it came late. 

Contentnea: Elder Earl Holt reported peace and love and a 
file of Minutes. Next session with Piney Grove Church to be 
held at Norwayne School, Fremont, N. C. 

Loving: Elder Gold Pollock reported peace. Next session 
with Edna Chapel Church on highway 258 five miles from 
Richland, N. C. 

Long Branch: Elder J. W. Dickens reported love and peace 
and file of Minutes. Next session with Leggett Chapel Church 
in Leggetts, N. C. 

Little River: Elder Lawrence Bethea reported peace and 
love, and file of Minutes. Next sitting with Shiloh Church 
located near Princeton, N. C. 

Chestnut Knob: Elder Frank Penn reported peace and love 
and file of Minutes. Next sitting with Oak Level Church on 
highway 58. 

Correspoding : Elder Isaiah Perkins reported peace and love 
and file of Minutes. Next session with Chestnut Grove Church 
one mile from Oak City, N. C. 

Mt. Zion: Elder J. L. Wade reported peace and love and a 
file of Minutes. Next sitting with New Hope Church East 
Park, Beckley, W. Va. 

Mt. Pleasant: Received by Minutes and letter, reported 
peace and love. 

Piedmont : Elder E. A. Edwards reported love and peace and 
a file of Minutes. Next session with Rockfield Church four 
miles from Ferrum, Va. 

Sandy Ridge: Elder George Scales reported peace and love, 
and file of Minutes. Next session with Red Hollow Church 
near Martinsville. Va. 

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Roanoke: Elder Lemon Adams reported peace and love and 
a file of Minutes. 

Radicue : Elder Miles Wooten reported love and peace and a 
file of Minutes. Next session with Mt. Galillee Church, 
Rocky Mount, N. C. 

Tar River: Elder J. T. Moore reported love and peace and 
was received. He did not give a report of 'the next session as 
he came Sunday. 

Motion and agreed that all corresponding messengers be re- 
ceived by the Moderator extending the right hand of fellow- 
ship to the messengers. 

Finance Committee as follows : Brother Robert Harden, Bro. 
George Harden, Brother Clarence Compton, Brother George 
Leath, Brother Louis Moore. 

Committee on Arrangements: Elder Cecil Alston. Brother 
Hubert Lines Brother Richard Graves. 

Motioned and agreed that Brother C. Lynch be the Association 
Treasurer. Motioned and agreed that conference adjourn. Sang 
hymn 283 for closing of conference. Benediction by Elder 
Frank Penn. 

SATURDAY AT THE STAND: 

Service was called to order by singing hymn 395. Prayer 
by Elder Amos Humphrey. The house was announced then in 
order for service. Elder Frank Bell used for a 'text John 14, 
followed by Elder Robert Townes who sang hymn 3 and chose 
for a text Cor. 13. Elder Isaiah Perkins sang hymn 353, no 
special text. Elder Amos H. Humphrey sang hymn 400 and 
chose for a text John 9. Hymn 273 was sung for closing. Bene- 
diction by Elder Daniel Staton. 

SATURDAY NIGHT SESSION: 

Service was opened by singing hymn 85. Prayer by Elder 
Daniel Staton. The Moderator then introduced Elder Earl 
Holt, no special text, followed by Elder Daniel Staton, who 
chose for his text Jer. 5. Elder Frank Penn sang a hymn and 
preached a wonderful sermon, followed by Elder J. L. Wade 
who sang hymn 355, no special text. Elder J. H. Morning 

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sang hymn 188, no special text. Elder Joe Willie Dickerson 
preached from no special text, followed by Elder George Scales 
who chose for his text John 20. Hymn 288 was sung for clos- 
ing the service. Benediction by Elder Lemon Adams. 

SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE: 

Hymn 288 was sung for opening of service. Prayer by Elder 
Frank Perm. The Moderator introduced Elder Goal Pollock. 
Sang hymn 364, no special text. Elder Miles Wooten sang hymn 
56, chose for his text Psa. 11 :3, followed by Elder Lemon 
Adams who sang hymn 120 ; chose for text Kings 18 :21. Elder 
Wm, Weaver arose, sang hymn 530, no special text, followed by 
Elder Uriah Parker; sang hymn 76, no special text. Elder E. A. 
Edwards preached, no special text; followed by Elder Thomas 
Moore. Sang hymn 383, no special text. Hymn 73 was sung for 
closing. Service dismissed by Elder Smith Jamison. 

SUNDAY AFTERNOON SERVICE: 

Services were opened by singing hymn 613 by the Moderator. 
Prayer by Elder Smith Jamison. Elder Guttler Sauls arose,, 
sang hymn 502. Chose for text Psa. 21. Followed by Elder 
Frank Penn ; sang hymn 288 and preached a wonderful sermon. 
Elder F. L. Coley arose, sang hymn 390, no special text - r 
followed by Elder C. H. Jamison; no special text. Elder R. 
Peyton preached; no special text. Followed by Elder Smith 
Jamison, no special text. Elder Daniel Staton arose, sang hymn 
617, text St. John 15 :16. Sang for closing 506. Benediction by 
Elder Paul Alston. 

The service was called to order by singing hymn 95 ; prayer 
by Elder Cecil Alston. Preaching by Elder Irvin Moore, no 
special text. Elder Hubert Alston arose, sang hymn 31; text 
St. Matt. 2:2; followed by Elder Paul Alston. 'Sang 165; text 
St. John 1 :1. Hymn 16 was sung for closing service. Dismissed 
by Elder Daniel Staton. 

MONDAY CONFERENCE 

The Brethren re-assembled. Sang hymn 337 for the opening 
of conference. Prayer by Elder Staton. The Moderator arose 

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and pronounced the house in order for business. Motioned and 
agreed roll of churches be called. Was received. 

Motioned to hear report of the first section meeting. Report 
made by Elder Moore and Elder W. B. Enoch. Motioned and 
agreed to hear report of the second section. Report made by 
Elder Hubert Alston and Elder W. B. Enoch. 

Motioned and agreed to receive the reports of the section 
meetings. Motioned and agreed to choose building committee: 
Elders Cecil Alston, Irvin Moore, W. B. Enoch, Hubert Alston, 
Brethren C. Lynch, E. B. Vincent. 

Motioned and agreed to hear Saturday's proceedings. 

Motioned and agreed Saturday's proceedings be received. 

Motioned and agreed the Circular Letter be read. Motion 
and agreed Circular Letter be received. 

Motioned and agreed Coopers Grove Primitive Baptist Asso- 
ciation be appointed to Pilgrim Rest Church, to be held at the 
same place, one mile below Mebane, N. C, highway 70, Orange 
County, Saturday before the third Sunday in August, 1962. 

Motioned and agreed that Elder Cecil Alston preach the 
Introductory Sermon and Elder W. B. Enoch be his alternate. 

Motioned and agreed first section convene with Pilgrim Rest 
Church for 1962. Motioned and agreed Elder Hubert preach 
the Introductory. Elder Paul Alston preach the alternate. 

Motion and agreed second section be held at Moore's Grove 
Church, 1962. Motioned and agreed Elder Paul Alston preach 
the Introductory; Elder Irvin Moore be his alternate. 

Motioned and agreed to appoint messengers to the correspond- 
ing Associations. 

Contentnea Association : Elder Cecil Alston. 

Tar River Association: Elder W. B. Enoch. 

Bethlehem Association: Elder Cecil Alston. 

Union Line : Elder Hubert Alston. 

Radicue: Elder Cecil Alston, 

Loving : Elder Hubert Alston. 

Corresponding: Elder W. B. Enoch, 

Long Branch : Elder Paul Alston. 

Chestnut Knob : Elder Irvin Moore, 

Sandy Ridge : Elder Irvin Moore. 

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Little River : Elder Paul Alston. 

Piedmont: Elder W. B. Enoch. 

Mount Zion : Elder W. B. Enoch. 

Roanoke: Elder Irvin Moore. 

Mount Pleasant: Letter and minutes by Clerk. 

Motioned and agreed committee on arrangements make their 
report. Report made by Elder C. L. Alston. Motioned and 
agreed finance committee make their report. 

Mt. Hope $ 45.00 

Pilgrim Rest 89.00 

Moore's Grove — 33.00 $167.00 

Public collections $333.25 

In old treasury 147.50 

Grand total $647.75 

After expenses, balance $170.04 

Motioned and agreed 350 copies of the minutes be printed. 
Motioned and agreed conference adjourn until 1962. Hymn 
616 was sung for closing of conference. Benediction by Elder 
Cecil Alston. 

Elder C. L. Alston, Moderator 
Elder W. B. Enoch, Assistant Mod. 
Elder W. B. Enoch, Clerk 
Elder Irvin Moore, Assistant Clerk 

SERVICE AT THE STAND— MONDAY 

Service opened by singing hymn 613. Prayer by Brother E. 
B. Vincent. Elder Paul Alston came forth; preached on "the 
rejected Stone." Followed by Elder Daniel Staton. Pretached 
the farewell sermon, text, ' ' John sent to Rome. ' ' Closing hymn 
626. Benediction by Elder Paul Alston. 

CIRCULAR LETTER 

Dear Brethren, — The Lord has blessed us to meet again from 
East, West, North and South. Oh give thanks unto the Lord, for 
He is good and His mercy endureth forever. And say, Save 
us, O God of our salvation, and gather us together and deliver 
us from the heathen, that we may give thanks to Thy holy 
name and glory in Thy praise. 

Done by order of conference. — Brother George Sim Harden 

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ORDAINED ELDERS AND ADDRESSES 

Elder Cecil Alson, Rt. 7, Box 25, Burlington, N. C. 

Telephone: CA7-2504. 
Elder W. B. Enoch, Rt. 7, Box 230, Burlington, N. C. 

Telephone CAnal 7-2753. 
Elder Irwin Moore, 903 Gray St., Burlington, N. C. 

Telephone CAnal 7-3782. 
Elder Hubert Alston, Rt. 7, Box 80, Burlington, N. C 

Telephone CA6-2585 
Elder Paul R. Alston 1419 52nd Ave. N. E. 

Chapel Oaks, Washington, D. C. Ph. SP36816. 
Elder James Ridley, Ashboro, N. C. 

LICENSED MINISTERS 

Brother E. B. Vincent, Hurdle Mills, N. C. 

DEACONS AND ADDRESSES 



Brethren: 



C. Lynch, 2115 Byrd St., Greensboro, N. C. 
Robert Harden. Rt. 2, Box 353A, Oxford, N. C. 
George Harden, Rt. 2, Oxford, N. C. 
Clarence Compton, Burlington, N. C, Tel. 6-5667. 

STATISTICAL TABLE 

MT. HOPEr— Pastor, Elder C. L. Alston. Messenger, C. Lynch. Sunday 
of Meeting, 1. Total Membership, 7. Contribution, $45.00. 

PILGRIM REST— Pastor, Elder C. L. Alston. Messenger, Clarence 
Compton. Sunday of Meeting, 3. Rec'd by baptism, 1. Total mem- 
bership, 30. Contribution, $89.00. 

MOORE'S GROVE— Pastor, Elder C. L. Alston. Messenger, Robert 
Harden. Sunday of Meeting, 4. Total Membership, 11. Contribu- 
tion, $33.00. Total Contributions: $167.00 



ARTICLES OF FAITH 

1. We believe in one true and living God, the Father, the Word, and 
the Holy Ghost. 

2. We believe in the scriptures, the Old and New Testaments, are 
the words of God, and the only rules of faith and practice. 

3. We believe in original sin, and the punishment of the wicked 
shall be everlasting, and the joy of the righteous eternal. 

4. We believe God's elect shall be called, converted, regenerated, 
and sanctified by the Holy Ghost. 

5. We believe the saints shall always persevere in grace and never 
finally fall away. 

6. We believe that baptism, the Lord's Supper, and the washing of 
the saints' feet are ordinances of Jesus Christ, and that true believers 
in Jesus Christ are the only subjects entitled to these privileges. 

7. We believe the mode of baptism is by immersion in water. 

8. We believe that God chose His people in Christ before the world 
began. 

9. We believe no minister has a right to administer the ordinance 
only as a regularly baptised, called, and come under the imposition 
of the hands of the presbytery. 

10. We believe that none but regular baptised members have a 
right to commune at the Lord's Table. 

ELDER C. L. ALSTON, Moderator 
ELDER W. B. ENOCH, Assistant Moderator 
BROTHER IRVIN MOORE, Assistant Clerk 
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RULES OF DECORUM 

1. No member shall be recelred from a sister Association without 
a letter of dismission. 

2. If a member begins to raise confusion in the church whether 
minister or member, the church must at once take steps to exclude 
such a member. 

3. No member shall be allowed to visit ball rooms or in any way 
violate rules of the church, and if they do, they shall be in the hands 
of the church and liable to be excluded. 

4. Members who will not obey our rules which are simple and 
easy, must not be held. 

5. When a member has been excluded for violating church rules 
and comes back to make a confession before the church it is the 
duty of the church to receive such a member according to the gospel 
order. 

6. Each church shall commune twice a year. 

7. No ordained church of the same faith and order shall be within 
seven miles of each other if they can help it 

8. Any members who calls for his name and keeps it in his pocket 
over three months is considered out of the church and has to return 
home. 

9. Any member failing to attend three succeeding quarterly meet- 
ings without sickness shall be in the hands and restriction of the 
church. 

10. All churches of this Association shall have ordained deacons, 
if they possibly can. 

11. Any church belonging to Cooper's Grove Association cut off or 
dropped by an act of this body or a union meeting of this Association, 
no brother or brethren shall take it up, neither any Association 
with whom we correspond. 

12. The members of this Association shall pay Associational dues. 

13. No member shall stand in the church and give word for word. 

14. The minority must submit to the majority except on fellowship- 
ing and appointing men to office, which must be unanimous. 

15. Any minister who will get drunk shall not be allowed to ad- 
minister the Lord's Supper, and not be allowed to preach. 

16. Any member who will go to law with any matter before bring- 
ing it before the church must not be held in the church. 

17. An Elder cannot hold an office of a bishop without good report 
of the church in and out of the church. As long as his conduct is 
good he may hold the office as long as he is chosen. 

18. If there is anything a woman wishes to know she must ask 
Ler husband or a brother in the church. 

19. No church that has a pastor shall make any new rules in the 
church unless he is present, or someone appointed by him. 

20. There shall be no new rules made in the Association or for 
the Association to be ruled unless the Moderator is present or some- 
one appointed by him. 

21. Washing of the feet at all communions. 

22. Any member or minister sowing discord among brethren falls 
into the hands of his church, and is liable to be excluded. 



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Thirty-Third 
Annual Session 

OF THE 

Coopers Grove 
Primitive Baptist Association 

Cooper's Grove Primitive Baptist Association was 

organized August 19, 1933 at Burlington, N. C. by 

the Elders of the Tar River Association. 

HELD WITH 

Pilgrim Rest Church 

IN ORANGE COUNTY, ONE MILE EAST OP 

MEBANE, N. C. 

AUGUST 20, 21, 22, 

*<f[1966)&* 

Next session convenes with Living Hope Church, located 

on association ground, one mile east of Mebane, N. C, 

Friday before the third Sunday in August, 1967. 



OFFICERS 

ELDER CECIL ALSTON Moderator 

Rt. 7, Box 228, Burlington, N. C. 

DEACON WILLIE L. MOORE Clerk 

1610 McConnell Rd., Greensboro, N. C. 
DEACON GEO. LEATH - Ass't Clerk, Burlington, N. C. 



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Primitive Publications, Elon College, N. C. 






Proceedings 

OF THE 

1966 SESSION OF THE THIRTY-THIRD ANNUAL SESSION 

OF THE COOPER'S GROVE PRIMITIVE BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 

Elder Cecil Alston Presiding. August 20, 21, 22, 1966. 

Opened Saturday morning at 10:45 a. m. Elder Cecil Alston 
came forth, sang hymn 300 for opening. Prayer by Elder J. L. 
Wade of Mt. Zion Association. Elder A. L. Perry of Mt. Pleas- 
ant Association. Scripture lesson, Hebrews 12:1-10. Elder Cecil 
Alston came forth, sang hymn 372 for continuing worship. 

Elder C. Alston came forth, read text Matt. 2, beginning at 
1st verse and preached introductory sermon. Assistant Modera- 
tor, Elder W. B. Enoch came forth and preached alternate 
sermon. No special text. Moderator, Elder C. Alston came 
forth, hymn 255, for closing of service. 

Benediction by Elder Cecil Alston. 
SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT STAND 

Elder Hubert Alston conducted service. Brother Travis 
Jackson recorder, Brother Joe Price, Elder R. Perry, Elder E. 
A^ Edwards, Elder Towns, Brother Coley, Brother Fench, Elder 
George Penn. 

Service opened, Elder Hubert Alston sang hymn 353. Prayer 
by Elder Edwards. Elder Rudolph Perry, Mt. Pleasant Asso- 
ciation came forth, read scripture lesson, St. Luke 4:1-18. Bro- 
ther Coley came forth, preached text Rev. 24. Elder Fench 
came forth, sang hymn 393 and preached, no special text. Bro- 
ther Joe Price came forth, sang hymn 388 and preached, text 
Gen. 24. Elder George Penn came forth, preached, text Matt. 
24. Elder Bethea from Little River Association came forth, sang 
hymn 3 and preached, text St. John 15. Moderator called Elder 
E. A. Edwards who came forth and preached, standpoint, "Sal- 
vation of a dying Lamb. Elder Cecil Alston came forth, sang 
hymn 288 for closing service. Dismissed by Elder J. J. Adams. 
SATURDAY AFTERNOON CONFERENCE 

Elder Cecil Alston presiding, Conference opened at 1:30 p.m. 
with hymn 533. Prayer by Elder A. L. Perry, Moderator of Mt. 
Pleasant Association. Assistant Moderator, Elder W. B. Enoch 
came forth, read Sscripture, Rev. 22, beginning at 1st verse. 

Motion carried choose Elder C. L. Alston Moderator. Motion 
carried. Elder W. B. Enoch be Assistant Moderator. 



Motion carried Deacon W. L. Moore be Clerk of Association. 
Motion carried Deacon G. Leath be Assistant Clerk. 

Motion carried call for peace of conference. All in peace. 

Motioned carried to invite visiting Elders and brethren to sit 
with us in our conference. Feel themselves welcome and at 
home. 

Motion agreed call roll of churches. 

Mt. Hope Church reported peace and love by Deacon W. L. 
Moore and Deacon C. L. Lynch and the report was received. 
$22.00. 

Pilgrim Rest Church reported peace and love by Deacon C. 
Compton, with church letter and they were received with $91. 

Moore's Grove Church reported peace and love by Brother 
George and Robert Harding, with church letter and $37.50. 
1 1 was received. 

Living Hope Church reported peace and love by Brother 
Hightower, with church letter and $10.55 and they were re- 
ceived. 

Motion agreed to hear reading of the Rules of Decorum and 
it was received. 

Motion carried to call corresponding delegates. 

Tar River reported peace and love by Elder Payton. 

Bethlehem Association reported peace and love by Elder 
Herbert Sherley. 

Pine Tops. Few in Number Church. 

Radicue Association reported peace and love by Elder Fred 
Lucas. Next setting at Mt. Zion Church, Tarboro, N. C. 

Union Association reported peace and love by Elder Luther 
Parker and file of minutes. Next setting Tyson Creek, near 
Faulkner, N. C, first Sunday in October. 

Loving Association: Reported peace and love by Elder G. 
Potter. Next session Edna Chapel Church. 

Little River reported peace and love by Elder Bethea. Next 
session Mt. Moriah Church in Smithfield. 

Contentnea Association reported peace and love by Elder 
Holt. Next session Norway School, Fremont, and they were 
received. 

Long Branch Association reported peace and love by Elder 
J. Charles. Next setting Little Mt. Zion, Speed, N. C. and they 
were received. 

Chestnut Knob Association reported peace and love bv Eld- 

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er B. Craighead. Next setting Chestnut Knob Church near 
Ridgeway, Va. on highway 781. 

Roanoke Association reported peace and love by Elder W. M. 
Hairston. Next setting Whittman, Va., on highway 58 near 
Danville, Va. 

Sandy Ridge Association reported peace and love by Elder 
Scales. Next setting near Pilot Mountain on Horseshoe Road 
And they were received. 

Piedmont Association reported peace and love by Elder T. E 
Claytor. Next setting Shady Grove Church, near Roanoke, Va 
on highway 221 and it was received. 

Mt. Pleasant Association reported peace and love by Eldei 
A. L. Perry with a file of minutes. Mt. Pisgah Church near 
Statesboro, Ga. Next session. And they were received. 

Mt. Zion Association: Elder J. L. Wade reported peace and 
love. Next session at New Hope Church in Beckley, W. Va. and 
they were received. 

Corresponding Association: No messenger. Doors left open. 

Finance Committee: Motion carried Brother George Harding, 
Brother Clarence Compton, Brother Otha Hightower, Brother 
Travis Jackson, Brother Herbert D. Lines. 

Treasure Dept. : Motion Deacon C. Lynch, Association Treas- 
urer. Brother E. B. Vincent, Assistant Treasurer. Brother 
Robert Harding, Assistant Treasurer. 

Motion carried all delegates be received by Moderator ex- 
tending right hand of fellowship. 

Committee on Arrangements: Motion carried Brother Albert 
Curtis, Brother Brown, Elder C. L. Alston. 

- Encouraging words of wisdom by Elder Irving Moore, Elder 
R. Parker, Elder John Charles, Elder T. L. Claytor, Elder 
Bethea, Elder A. L. Perry. 

Motion carrried conference adjourn. Closing hymn 506. Dis- 
missed by Elder C. L. Alston. 
SATURDAY EVENING SERVICE 

Saturday Evening Service opened at 7:00 p. m. Moderator, 
Elder C. L. Alston, came forth, sang hymn 284. Elder J. J. 
Adams from Roanoke Association came forth and offered 
prayer. Moderator called Elder Scales. He came forth, sang 
hymn 393. No special text. Elder B. Craighead came forth, 
sang hymn 205 and preached. No special text. Elder Rudolph 
Perry came forth, sang hymn 174 and preached, text St. John 

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15. Elder Townes came forth, sang hymn 355 and read text 
Corinthians 13 and preached thereon. Elder A. L. Perry came 
forth, sang hymn 41, preached, text Isaiah 32:1-4, A King shall 
reign in righteousness. Moderator called Elder Richard Martin, 
Moderator of Sandy Ridge Association, who came forth and 
preached, standpoint, A King shall reign in righteousness. 
Elder Staton from Bethlehem Association came forth, sang 
hymn 617 and preached, text Rev. 1, beginning at 9th verse. 
Elder Cecil Alston came forth, sang hymn 200 for a closing. 
Dismissed by Elder A. L. Perry. 

Elder Cecil Alston, Moderator 
Elder W. B. Enoch, Ass't Moderator 
Deacon "W. L. Moore, Clerk 
Deacon Geo. N. Leath, Ass't Clerk 

SUNDAY MORNING— 10:30 A. M. 

Moderator Elder Cecil Alston opened service with hymn 
270. Prayer by Elder Payton, Moderator of Tar River Associa- 
tion. Moderator called Elder Gold Potter, of Loving Associa- 
tion, who came forth, sang hymn 400, and preached, text St. 
John 14. Elder Hairston from Roanoke Association came forth, 
sang hymn 353 and preached from Psalm 116:1. Elder Lucas 
from Radicue Association came forth, preached from Jonah 
1:5. Elder Sherley of Bethlehem Association came forth, sang 
hymn 288, preached from Genesis 1:1. Elder Payton, Moder- 
ator, Tar River Association came forth, sang hymn 395, text 
Acts 9 and preached. Moderator, Elder Tom Claytor, of Pied- 
mont Association, came forth, sang hymn 284, text Galatians 
1:8,9. Contentnea Association delegate, Elder Earl Holt, came 
forth, preached, no special text. Elder Wade of Mt. Zion Asso- 
ciation came forth, sang hymn 355 and spoke with standpoint, 
If Jesus had to pray, what about me. Closing hymn 689. 

Dismissed by Elder Penn. 
SUNDAY AFTERNOON SERVICE— 2:15 P. M. 

Service opened with hymn 492. Prayer by Elder P. S. 
Hairston. Then Moderator called Elder Redmon Payton, who 
came forth, sang hymn 355 and preached, text Matt. 25. Moder- 
ator called Elder John Charles of Long Branch Association, 
who came forth, preached, text the Book of Revelation. Elder 
J. J. Adams, Moderator Roanoke Association, came forth, sang 
hymn 200, text 1st Epistle, 1st chapter beginning 1st verse and 

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preached. Elder Penn of Chestnut Knob came forth, sang hymn 
617 and preached. No special text. Elder Jamison, Sandy Ridge 
Association came forth, sang hymn 5, text 1st chapter, 8-9 verses 
and preached thereon. Elder Lemon Adams came forth, sang 
hymn 185 and preached. No special text. Elder Smith Jamison 
came forth and preached, standpoint, Daniel saw him as a 
stone. Closing hymn 689. Dismissed by Elder W. B. Enoch. 
SUNDAY EVENING SERVICE— 7:00 P. M. 

Opened with hymn 153. Prayer by Elder Hubert Alston. 
Elder Cecil Alston came forth, preached, no special text. Elder 
Irvin Moore came forth, preached, no special text. Brother 
E. B. Vincent came forth preached, The wonderful power of 
God. Elder Townes came forth, preached Gal. Elder Hubert 
Alston came forth, preached, no special text. Elder W. B. 
Enoch came forth and gave thanks to God for blessing us with 
a wonderful association thus far. Closing hymn 271. Dismissed 
by Elder Cecil Alston. 
MONDAY MORNING CONFERENCE— 10:15 A. M. 

Moderator opened conference with hymn 18. Elder Hubert 
Alston offered prayer. Elder Cecil Alston came forth, read 
Scripture lesson from 1 Cor. 10:1-15. 

Motion carried call for peace of conference. All in peace. 

Motion carried to invite visiting Elders and brethren to seat 
with us in our conference. 

Motion carried call for roll of churches. All present and 
received. 

Motion carried hear reading of Circular Letter and it was 
received. 

Motion carried to hear report of section meetings and they 
were received. 

Motion carried Brother Robert Harding write Circular Letter. 

Motion carried Living Hope Church get next session. 

Motion carried Elder C. Alston preach introductory. Elder 
W. B. Enoch, alternate. 

Motion carried Mt. Hope get 1st section meeting. 

Motion carried Elder Irvin Moore preach Introductory 
sermon. Brother E. B. Vincent alternate. Motion carried 
Living Hope get 2nd secion meeting. Motion carried Elder 
W. B. Enoch preach introductory sermon. Brother E. B. 
Vincent, alternate. 

Motion carried to hear reading of Saturday's proceedings 

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and it was received. 

Motion to get corresponding delegates. 
Radicue: Elder W. B. Enoch, $8.00. 
Tar River: Brother E. B. Vincent, $7.00. 
Bethlehem: Elder Huhert Alston, $8.00. 
Mt. Pleasant: Elder Irvin Moore, $20.00. 
Sandy Ridge: Elder Huhert Alston, $7.00. 
Corresponding: Elder C. L. Alston, $10.00. 
Union Line: Elder Irvin Moore, $7.00. 
Loving Association: Elder C. L. Alston, $6.50. 
Long Branch: Elder W. B. Enoch, $5.50. 
Piedmont: Elde Huhert Alston, $7.00. 
Chestnut Knob: Elder Irvin Moore. 
Little River: Elder W. B. Enoch, $5.00. 
Roanoke: Brother E. B. Vincent. 
Mt. Zion: Elder W. B. Enoch. 
Contentnea: Elder C. L. Alston, $5.00. 

Motion carried to< hear finance reports and it was received. 
Motion carried to hear report of Committee on Arrarnge- 
ments and it was received. 

Motion carried to hear report of old treasurer, $27.20 and 
it was received. 

Motion carried to hear finance report and it was received. 

Churches $169.02 Old Treasury 27.20 

Public collection . . 197.31 Total income $543.53 

Stands 150.00 Total Expense $398.00 

New Treasury $145.53' 

Motion carried to have 350 minutes printed. 
Motion carried conference adjourn. Closing hymn 618. 
Dismissed by Elder C. L. Alston. 
MONDAY MORNING FAREWELL SERMON 

Service opened at 11:00 a m. with hymn 25. Prayer by Elder 
Irvin Moore. Elder Hubert Alston came forth, read Scripture, 
St. John 1:1 and preached. Elder Irvin Moore came forth, sang 
hymn 23 and preached, text St. John 11. Elder Hubert Alston 
came forth, sang hymn 629 to close service. Dismissed by Elder 
Irvin Moore. 

Elder Cecil Alston, Moderator 
Elder W. B. Enoch, Ass't Moderator 
Deacon W. L. Moore, Clerk 
Deacon Geo. N. Leath, Ass't Clerk 
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CIRCULAR LETTER 

Dear Brethren, — I was appointed in last year's association to write 
the Circular Letter. We are thankful to the Lord and heavenly 
Father that He has spared and enabled us to meet again from east, 
west, north and south in peace and love one with another. 

Your brother in Christ I trust, 

— Brother George Harden 

Done by order of conference. 

DECEASED 

Brother Willie Mebane departed this life August 28, 1964, and 
Sister Moore of Moore's Grove Church departed this life July, 1966. 
There are two empty seats in our churches. They are gone but not 
forgotten. 

ORDAINED ELDERS AND ADDRESSES 

Elder Cecil Alston, Rt. 7, Box 228, Burlington, N. C. Ph. CA7-2504 

Elder W. B. Enoch, Rt. 5, Burlington, N. C; Ph. CA7-2753 

Elder Irwin Moore, 903 Gray St., Burlington, N. C. Ph: CA7-3782. 

Elder Hubert Alston, Rt. 7, Box 275, Burlington, N. C. Ph: CA6-2585 

Licensed Ministers : 

Brother E. B. Vincent, Hurdle Mills, N. C. 

DEACONS AND ADDRESSES 

Brother C. Lynch, 2115 Byrd St., Greensboro, N. C. Ph: BR4-4731 
Robert Harden, Rt. 2, Box 353-A, Oxford, N. C. 

Clarence Compton, 1144 Jackson St., Burlington N. C. Ph: CA6-5667 
Brother Willie L. Moore, 1610 McConnell Rd. Greensboro, N. C. 

Phone: 273-9836 
Brother N. Leath, Burlington, N. C. 

ARTICLES OF FAITH 

1. We believe in one true and living God, the Father, the Word 
and the Holy Ghost. 

2. We believe in the Scriptures, the Old and New Testaments, 
are the words of God, and the only rule of faith and practice. 

3. We believe in original sin, and the punishment of the wicked 
shall be everlasting, and the joy of the righteous eternal. 

. 4. We believe God's elect shall be called, converted, regenerated, 
and sanctified by the Holy Ghost. 

5. We believe the saints shall always persevere in grace and 
never finally fall away. 

6. We believe that baptism, the Lord's Supper, and the washing 
of the saints' feet are ordinances of Jesus Christ, and that true 
believers in Jesus Christ are the only subjects entitled to these priv- 
ileges. 

7. We believe the mode of baptism is by immersion in water. 

8. We believe that God chose His people in Christ before the 
world began. 

9. We believe that no minister has a right to administer the ord- 
inance only as a regularly baptized, called, and come under the 
imposition of the hands of the presbytery. 

10. We believe that none but regularly baptized members have a 
right to commune at the Lord's table. 

ELDER C. L. ALSTON, Moderator 
ELDER W. B. ENOCH, Assistant Moderator 
ELDER IRWIN MOORE, Assistant Clerk 
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RULES OF DECORUM 

1. No member shall be received from a sister Association without 
a letter of dismission. 

All services open with singing 1 , prayer, and reading of Scripture, 
and close with benediction. 

2. If a member begins to raise confusion in the church whether 
minister or member, the church must at once take steps to ex- 
clude such a member. 

3. No member shall be allowed to visit ball rooms or in any way 
violate the rules of the church, and if they do, they shall be in the 
hands of the church and liable to be excluded. 

4. Members who will not obey our rules which are simple and 
easy, must not be held. 

5. When a member has been excluded for violating church rules 
and comes back to make a confession before the church it is the 
duty of the church to receive such a member according to the gos- 
pel order. 

6. Each church shall commune twice a year. 

7. No ordained church of the same faith and order shall be within 
seven miles of each other if they can help it. 

8. Any member who calls for his name and keeps it in his pocket 
over three months is considered out of the church and has to re- 
turn home. 

9. Any member failing to attend three succeeding quarterly 
meetings without sickness shall be in the hands and restriction of the 
church. 

10. All churches of this Association shall have ordained deacons, 
if they possibly can. 

11. Any church belonging to Cooper's Grove Association cut off 
or dropped by an act of this body or a union meeting of this Assoc- 
iation, no brother or brethren shall take it up, neither any Associa- 
tion with whom we coriespond. 

12. The members of this Association shall pay Associational dues. 

13. No member shall stand in the church and give word for word. 

14. The minority must submit to the majority except on fellow- 
shipping and appointing men to office, which must be unanimous. 

15. Any minister who will get drunk shall not be allowed to ad- 
minister the Lord's Supper, and not be allowed to preach. 

16. Any member who will go to law with any matter before 
bringing it before the church must not be held in the church. 

17. An Elder cannot hold an office of a bishop without good re- 
port of the church in and out of the church. As long as his con- 
duct is good he may hold the office as long as he is chosen. 

18. If there is anything a woman wishes to know she must ask 
her husband or a brother in the church. 

19. No church that has a pastor shall make any new rules in the 
church unless he is present, or someone appointed by him. 

20. There shall be no new rules made in the Association or for 
the Association to be ruled unless the Moderator is present or some- 
one appointed by him. 

21. Washing of the saints' feet at all communions. 

22. Any member or minister sowing discord among brethren falls 
into the hands of his church, and is liable to be excluded. 





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OF THE 

Thirty-Fourth 
Annual Session 

OF THE 

Coopers Grove 
Primitive Baptist Association 

HELD WITH 

Living Hope Church 

ON ASSOCIATION GROUND ONE MILE EAST 
OF MEBANE, N. C. 
AUGUST 19, 20, 21, 

*<1967]&* 

Next session convenes with Moors Grove Church 

on Association Ground Friday before the third Sunday 

in August, 1968. 

OFFICERS 

ELDER CECIL ALSTON Moderator 

Rt. 7, Box 228. Burlington, N. C. 

DEACON W. L. MOORE Clerk 

1610 McConnell Rd., Greensboro, N. C. 

G. N. LEATH Assistant Clerk 

Burlington, N. C. 

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Proceedings 

OF THE 1967 SESSION OF THE THIRTY-FOURTH ANNUAL 

SESSION OF COOPERS GROVE PRIMITIVE BAPTIST 

ASSOCIATION. ELDER CECIL ALSTON PRESIDING 

AUGUST 19, 20, 21, 1967 

Opened Saturday morning at 10:30 a. m. Elder Cecil Alston 
came forth, opened service with hymn 380. Prayer by Elder 
George Penn, from Sandy Ridge Association. Elder Hubert 
Alston came forth, sang hymn 3, and preached Introductory 
sermon, text Psalm 90. Elder Irvin Moore came forth, preached 
alternate sermon, text Peter 2:1-3. Elder Cecil Alston came 
forth, sang hymn 18 for closing service. 

Dismissed by Elder Bullock, Bethlehem Association. 

SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT STAND 

Elder E. A. Edwards opened with hymn 286. Elder W. L, 
Huff came forth, sang hymn 141, text Psalm 122, and preached 
thereon. Elder George Scale came forth, preached St. John 3:1. 
Elder Charlie Bullock came forth, sang hymn 3, text Psalm 25 
and preached thereon. Elder S. H. Hairston came forth, sang 
674, text Psalm 40 and preached. Elder Sam Smith came 
forth sang hymn 285. Preached Psa. 37. Elder Isaiah Perkins 
came forth, preached text 1 Samuel 16:18. Moderator Elder 
Cecil Alston came forth, sang 689 for closing. Dismissed by 
Elder F. L. Coley. 

SATURDAY AFTERNOON CONFERENCE 

Elder Cecil Alston, Moderator, sang hymn 490 to open con- 
ference. Prayer by Elder Warren Cooper, Moderator of Radi- 
cue Association. Elder Cecil Alston came forth, read scripture 
lesson from St. Matt. 2 chapter 1-6. 

Motion carried Elder Cecil Alston, Moderator. 

Motion carried Deacon Willie L. Moore Clerk; Deacon 
George N. Leath Assistant Clerk. 

Peace of conference called for. All in peace. 

Motion carried invite visiting Brohters, Elders sit with us 
in our conference, feel themselves welcome and at home. 

Motion carried hear reading of decorum, and it was received. 

Motion carried call church roll. 



Mt. Hope Church reported peace and love and they were 
received. Contributed $11.00 by Deacon Moore. 

Living Hope Church reported peace, love by Deacon O. High- 
tower. Contributed $15.00 and they were received. 

Pilgrim Rest Church: Reported peace and love by Deacon 
Compton and Deacon Leath. Contributed $69.00, and they were 
received. 

Moore's Grove Church: Reported peace and love by Deacon 
Harden, and Deacon Harden. Contributed $39.00, and they 
were received. 

Motion carried call corresponding delegates. 

Tar River Association: Reported peace and love by Elder 
Irvin Moore and they were received. 

Radicue Association: Reported peace and love by Elder 
Warren Cooper and a file of minutes and they were received. 
Next session at Tiller High School on Wilson St., Tarboro, first 
Saturday, Sunday in October. 

Bethlehem Association: Reported peace and love by Elder 
Statton. Next setting Pine Top High School, 2nd Friday, Satur- 
day and Sunday in October. And they were received. 

Union Line Association: Reported peace and love by Elder 
Uriah Parker. Next session Stantonburg, N. C. Friday before 
first Saturday in October. 

Sandy Ridge Association: Reported peace and love by Elder 
George Penn. Next session on highway 58, near Danbury, Va., 
third Friday, and Saturday in October. 

ELDERS SENT TO STAND 
Elder Bullock, Bethlehem. 
Elder Huff, Piedmont. 
Elder George Scales, Sandy Ridge. 
Elder Hoskin, Chestnut Knob. 
Elder Young, Piedmont Association. 

Mt. Pleastant Association reported peace and love. Next 
session St. Montezuma Church, near Statesboro, Ga. c , by Elder 
Towns and they were received with a file of minutes. 

Corresponding Association: Reported peace and love by 
Elder Perkin and they were received. 

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Loving Association: Reported peace and love by Elder 
Humphrey with a file of minutes. Next session Friday before 
fourth Sunday in September 1967 on highway 258 near Jackson- 
ville, N. C, and they were received. 

Long Branch Association: Reported peace, love. Next session 
Long Branch Church ond highway 222 near Speed, and they 
were received. 

Piedmont Association: Reported peace, love. Next setting 
Rockfield Church, Ferrum, Va., by Elder Samuel Smith. Friday 
before fourth Sunday in September, 1967. 

Chestnut Knob Association: Reported peace, love by Elder 
James Ross. Next session Rock Run Church, Stanley Town, Va., 
Friday before second Sunday Augus 1968. 

Little River Association: Reported peace and love by Elder 
F. L. Coley. Next session Mt. Moriah Church, Smithfield, N. C, 
2nd Sunday October and they were received. 

Roanoke Association: Reported peace and love. Next session 
at association center at Whittman, Va., fourth Saturday, Sun- 
day, July 1968. By Elder Steven. 

Mt. Zion Association: Reported peace and love by Elder 
Wade and file of minutes. Next session at association center, 
Friday before first Sunday in August, 1968, and they were re- 
ceived. 

Contentnea Association: Reported peace and love. Next 
setting fourth Saturday and Sunday in October, North Wayne 
High School, Fremont, N. C. By Elder Coley. 

Motion carried all delegates be received by Moderator ex- 
tending right hand of fellowship. 

Motion carried finance officers retain their office. Deacon 
Compton, Brothers Otho Hightower, G. Harding, Travis 
Jackson, Herbert Lines. Treasurer, Brother E. B. Vincent, Bro- 
ther Robert Harding. 

Committee on Arrangements: Elder H. Alston, Elder Irvin 
Moore. 

Words of Encouragement by Elder J. Steven, Roanoke Asso- 
ciation; Elder James Ross, Chestnut Knob; Elder Smith, Pied- 
mont Association; Elder Uriah Parker, Union; Elder Hum- 
phrey, Loving Association; Elder Towns, Mt. Pleasant. 

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Motion carried to adjourn. Closing hymn 506. Dismissed by 
Elder Cecil Alston. 

SATURDAY EVENING SERVICE 

Service opened at 7:00 p. m. Elder Cecil Alston came forth, 
sang hymn 364. Elder George Penn came forth, offered prayer. 
Elder James Ross of Sandy Ridge came forth, sang "I'm going 
to run on" and preached, no special text. Elder Humphrey came 
forth, preached from St. Matt. 25:1. Elder F. L. Coley came 
forth, hymn 617, preached from St. Matt. 18:2. Elder George 
Penn came forth, sang "I heard the voice of Jesus," and 
preached Romans 10:1. Elder E. A. Edwards came forth, 
preached text Jonah 2:1. Elder Warren came forth, preached 
text St. Matt. 25:1. Elder Uriah Parker came forth, preached, 
no special text. Elder W. B. Brown of Corresponding Associa- 
tion came forth, preached from 1 Kings 17:14. Moderator 
Elder C. Alston, came forth, sang hymn 73 for closing service. 

Dismissed by Elder Cecil Alston. 

SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE 

Service opened at 10:30 by Moderator, with hymn 288. 
Prayer by Elder Charlie Bullock. Moderator called Elder L. H. 
Coley to preach, text St. John 14. Elder Young from Chestnut 
Knob came forth, preached on the wisdom on God. Elder 
Stevens from Roanoke Association came forth, sang hymn 188 
and preached from St. John 10:9. Elder Statton of Bethlehem 
Association came forth, sang hymn 530, and preached, text Acts 
2. Elder J. Wade of Mt. Zion Association came forth, sang 
hymn 355 and preached, standpoint, The Lord has been our 
dwelling place. Elder John Charles, from Long Branch Asso- 
ciation came forth and preached, standpoint, In the beginning 
was the Word. Elder Perkins from Corresponding Association 
came forth, sang hymn 353 and preached, no special text. Eld- 
er Warren Cooper, Radicue Association, came forth, sang 674 
and preached, standpoint If God be God, serve Him. Elder 
Charlie Bullock, Bethlehem Association, came forth, sang 
hymn 433 and preached, no special text. Elder John Pitt from 
Bethlehem Association came forth, sang hymn 38, preached, 
text St. John 14:14. Elder E. A. Edwards, Piedmont Association, 

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came forth, preached text Book of Job. Elder Cecil Alston 
came forth, sang hymn 689 for closing. Dismissed by Elder John 
Pitt. 

SUNDAY AFTERNOON SERVICE 

Moderator, Elder Cecil Alston opened service with hymn 
339. Prayer by Elder Cecil Alston. Elder Reed, of Contentnea 
Association, came forth, sang hymn 128, and preached, text 
Romans. Brother Bowden, Contentnea, came forth, sang hymn 
73. Elder Hubert Alston came forth, and preached, no special 
text. Elder Cecil Alston came forth, sang hymn 689, and gave a 
short selection. Deacon Willie L. Moore sang hymn 382 for 
closing. 

Dismissed by Elder Cecil Alston. 

MONDAY MORNING FAREWELL SERMON 

Service opened at 12:00 noon by Elder H. Alston with hymn 
353. Prayer by Elder Hubert Alston. Elder Irvin Moore read 
scripture, St. John 4:1-5 and preached thereon. Elder Hubert 
Alston preached, no special text. Elder Hubert Alston sang 
hymn 631 for closing service. Dismissed by Elder Irvin Moore. 

MONDAY MORNING CONFERENCE 

Moderator opened service with hymn 353. Prayer by Brother 
E. B. Vincent. Moderator read scripture lesson, Isaiah 62:1-5. 

Motion carried call for peace of conference. All in peace. 

Motion carried invite visiting Brothers, Elders sit with us in 
our conference feel themselves at home. 

Motion carried call roll of churches. 

Mt. Hope Church, present; Pilgrim Rest Church, present; 
Moore's Grove Church, present; Living Hope Church, present. 

Motion carried Circular Letter be read and it was received. 

Motion carried hear report of section meetings and they were 
received. 

Motion carried Brother George Harding write Circular 
Letter for 1968. 

Motion caried, Pilgrim Rest Church get first section meet- 
ing. Elder Moore preach Introductory sermon. Brother E. B. 
Vincent altenate. 

Motion carried Moore's Grove get second section meeting in 

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April, 1968. Elder Hubert Alston preach Introductory sermon. 
Brother E. B. Vincent alternat. 

Motion hear Saturday proceedings, and they were received. 

Motion carried Moore's Grove get next association. Elder 
Hubert Alston, Introductory, Elder Irvin Moore preach alter- 
nate, August 1968. 

Motion carried get corresponding delegates. 

Tar River Association: Elder Cecil Alston. 

Radicue: Elder Hubert Alston. 

Bethlehem: Elder C. Alston. 

Mt. Pleasant: By letter and minutes. 

Sandy Ridge: Elder Hubert Alston. 

Corresponding: Elder Irvin Moore. 

Loving: Elder Irvin Moore. 

Long Branch: Elder Irvin Moore. 

Piedmont: Brother E. B. Vincent. 

Little River: Brother E. B. Vincent. 

Contentnea: Elder Irvin Moore. 

Chestnut Knob: Elder Hubert Alston. 

Roanoke Association: Deacon Otha Hightower. 

Mt. Zion: Deacon W. L. Moore. 

Union Line: Elder Cecil Alston. 

Motion carried to hear report of finance commitee. Re- 
ported and it was received. 

Motion carried to hear report of committee on arrangements, 
and it was received. 

Motion carried to hear report of Mt. Zion Association and it 
was received. 

Motion carried to print 400 minutes. 

Church contributed . $134.00 Total income $549.52 

Public collection . . 165.52 Total expense . . . $418.38 

Stand 200.00 Ncav treasury $131.14 

Old Treasury 50.88 

Motion carried conference adjourn. Closing hymn 618. 
Dismissed by Elder Cecil Alston. 

ELDER CECIL ALSTON, Moderator 
DEACON WILLIE L. MOORE, Clerk 
DEACON GEO. N. LEATH, Ass't Clerk 
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CIRCULAR LETTER 

Dear Brethren, — The Lord has blessed us to meet again from East, 
West, North and South. We are thankful to our heavenly Father for 
preserving our lives. Oh how good it is for brethren to dwell together 
in peace. God commands us to stand fast in the liberty which Christ 
has made us free. Let us serve God with godly fear and pray that the 
Word of God may have its free course in all we do. May all be done 
to the glory of God. 

Done by order of conference. 

— Brother Robert Harden 

DECEASED 

Elder Wesley B. Enoch departed this life February 1967. He was a 
member of Pilgrim Rest Church. 

Deacon C. L. Lynch departed this life April 1967. He was a mem- 
ber of Mt. Hope Church. 

There are two seats empty in our churches. They are gone, but not 
forgotten. 

ORDAINED ELDERS AND ADDRESSES 

Elder Cecil Alston, Rt. 7, Box 228, Burlington, N. C. Ph. CA7-2504 
Elder Irwin Moore, 903 Gray St., Burlington, N. C. Ph: CA7-3782. 
Elder Hubert Alston, Rt. 7, Box 275, Burlington, N. C. Ph: CA6-2585 
Licensed Ministers: 
Brother E. B. Vincent, Hurdle Mills, N. C. 

DEACONS AND ADDRESSES 

Robert Harden, Rt. 2, Box 353-A, Oxford, N. C. 

Clarence Compton, 1144 Jackson St., Burlington N. C. Ph: CA6-5667 

Brother Willie L. Moore, 1610 McConnell Rd. Greensboro, N. C. 

Phone: 273-9836 
Brother N. Leath, Burlington, N. C. 



ARTICLES OF FAITH 



1. We believe in one true and living God, the Father, the Word 
and the Holy Ghost. 

2. We believe in the Scriptures, the Old and New Testaments, 
are the words of God, and the only rule of faith and practice. 

3. We believe in original sin, and the punishment of the wicked 
shall be everlasting, and the joy of the righteous eternal. 

4. We believe God's elect shall be called, converted, regenerated, 
and sanctified by the Holy Ghost. 

5. We believe the saints shall always persevere in grace and 
never finally fall away. 

6. We believe that baptism, the Lord's Supper, and the washing 
of the saints' feet are ordinances of Jesus Christ, and that true 
believers in Jesus Christ are the only subjects entitled to these priv- 
ileges. 

7. We believe the mode of baptism is by immersion in water. 

8. We believe that God chose His people in Christ before the 
world began. 

9. We believe that no minister has a right to administer the ord- 
inance only as a regularly baptized, called, and come under the 
imposition of the hands of the presbytery. 

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10. We believe that none but regularly baptized members have a 
right to commune at the Lord's table. 

ELDER CECIL ALSTON, Moderator 
DEACON W. L. MOORE, Clerk 
DEACON G. N. LEATH, Assistant Clerk 

RULES OF DECORUM 

1. No member shall be received from a sister Association without 
a letter of dismission. 

All services open with singing, prayer, and reading of Scripture, 
and close with benediction. 

2. If a member begins to raise confusion in the church whether 
minister or member, the church must at once take steps to ex- 
clude such a member. 

3. No member shall be allowed to visit ball rooms or in any way 
violate the rules of the church, and if they do, they shall be in the 
hands of the church and liable to be excluded. 

4. Members who will not obey our rules which are simple and 
easy, must not be held. 

5. When a member has been excluded for violating church rules 
and comes back to make a confession before the church it is the 
duty of the church to receive such a member according to the gos- 
pel order. 

6. Each church shall commune twice a year. 

7. No ordained church of the same faith and order shall be within 
seven miles of each other if they can help it. 

8. Any member who calls for his name and keeps it in his pocket 
over three months is considered out of the church and has to re- 
turn home. 

9. Any member failing to attend three succeeding quarterly 
meetings without sickness shall be in the hands and restriction of the 
church. 

10. All churches of this Association shall have ordained deacons, 
if they possibly can. 

11. Any church belonging to Coopdr's Grove Association cut off 
or dropped by an act of this body or a union meeting of this Assoc- 
iation, no brother or brethren shall take it up, neither any Associa- 
tion with whom we correspond. 

12. The members of this Association shall pay Associational dues. 

13. No member shall stand in the church and give word for word. 

14. The minority must submit to the majority except on fellow- 
shipping and appointing men to office, which must be unanimous. 

15. Any minister who will get drunk shall not be allowed to ad- 
minister the Lord's Supper, and not be allowed to preach. 

16. Any member who will go to law with any matter before 
bringing it before the church must not be held in the church. 

17. An Elder cannot hold an office of a bishop without good re- 
port of the church in and o.ut of the church. As long as his con- 
duct is good he may hold the office as long as he is chosen. 

18. If there is anything a woman wishes to know she must ask 
her husband or a brother in the church. 

19. No church that has a pastor shall make any new rules in the 
church unless he is present, or someone appointed by him. 

20. There shall be no new rules made in the Association or for 
the Association to be ruled unless the Moderator is present or some- 
one appointed by him. 

21. Washing of the saints' feet at all communions. 

22. Anv member or minister sowing discord among brethren falls 
into the hands of his church, and is liable to be excluded. 







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